Student Spotlight: Nicole Purchase
Major: Teacher Preparation
Nicole Purchase plans to be the first person in her family to complete college.
"I want to do better for myself," she said. "I saw how my parents worked so hard to take care of me, so I wanted to go to college so I can one day take care of them."
Purchase is studying education at College of DuPage so she can obtain a degree in special education. She was inspired by her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Pochert, and chose special education because her brother was a special needs child who passed away when he was 5.
While at COD, Purchase received the College of DuPage Foundation Textbook Scholarship, which she greatly appreciates.
"The scholarship has taken a financial burden off my back," she said. "I am personally covering my expenses for college. Also, this is the first scholarship I have ever received as a student."
Purchase plans to graduate in 2015 and transfer to Elmhurst College to attain her elementary education degree and special education certification. She then would like to get a job teaching special education to second or third graders.
It's her start at College of DuPage that is helping Purchase achieve her dreams of becoming a teacher.
"COD is giving me the opportunity to start working in the classroom more than three years sooner than if I was at a university," she said. "By attending College of DuPage, I have been able to connect with teaching professionals who have real-world experience and have helped me better understand why certain things are required to become a teacher.
"Also, if it wasn’t for College of DuPage, I wouldn't financially be able to attend college. My advice for students who are considering COD is to be smart and come here because you get an awesome experience without the large debt that is associated with big universities. If you're on the fence, come out and see the campus 'cause in Chaparral Country everything’s better!"
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