Student Spotlight: Becky Radavich
Major: Theater, Communications
Becky Radavich was not prepared to go away to college.
Instead, College of DuPage provided the best way for her to live at home and explore who she wanted to become. It also helped that she was named a Presidential Scholar, an impressive award that includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
"Many of my classmates were jumping at the opportunity to leave their hometown and get 'the college experience,' but College of DuPage had the type of experience that I wanted," she said. "Because the campus was located within a 30- to 40-minute drive, being a student at COD provided a great way for me to live at home and explore who I wanted to become at college.
"I was able to participate in many clubs and activities, and these activities -- especially working as a Student Ambassador and performing in plays -- helped me focus on my future direction and contributed to my major selection."
Radavich actually has two majors -- communications and theater, both of interest to her since childhood. During high school, she was involved in the spring musicals and the contest play during her senior year.
"I was more introverted as a child, but as I have grown up, I have become more extroverted and place more emphasis on my communications and interactions with others. Becoming a Student Ambassador and taking the Small-Group Communication class here at COD definitely solidified my decision to study communications," she said. "When I got to COD, I also began taking theater classes and continued participating in plays. I love performing, and the theater major came naturally to me."
While at College of DuPage, Radavich also participated in the Honors Scholars program, working with outstanding faculty members and other high-achieving students while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Outside of the classroom, she was a member of the COD Dance/Cheer Team, participated in the spring dance Program, the fall Dance Fusion, and a number of theatrical productions, including "The Three Musketeers," "The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Dining Room."
During her first semester, Radavich saw signs on campus promoting the Disney Internship Program and decided to attend the presentation.
"Throughout my time at COD, the Disney internship was always in the back of my mind," she said. "I finally applied and was accepted into the 2013 Spring program. I was a park greeter in Main Entrance Operations at Hollywood Studios in Orlando. For four months, I was able to say that I was a cast member for one of the most powerful and successful companies in the world."
In 2013, in addition to earning her degree at College of DuPage, Radavich received the North Central College Transfer Scholarship, which is a full-tuition award that is renewable for up to three years. She plans to pursue a double major in Organizational Communication and Theater and a double minor in Dance and Broadcast Communication.
After earning her bachelor's degrees, she would like to incorporate both communications and performing in her future career path. She would like to maintain connections with the Disney company and possibly pursue a professional internship with them, as she would enjoy being affiliated with a company that is involved in radio, television and theatrical productions.
She thanks College of DuPage, especially the administration and faculty for promoting an environment where students can “find themselves” and be creative in their studies and extracurricular interests.
"Because COD has such a wide variety of course offerings and ways to get involved, I was able to pursue whatever interested me, both in and out of the classroom," she said. "I met some lifelong friends and developed strong leadership skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of people. I established meaningful relationships with some of the wonderful faculty members at COD.
"I can honestly say that deciding to attend College of DuPage is one of the best decisions I have ever made."
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