Student Spotlight: Stephany Ruiz-Gonzalez
Stephany Ruiz-Gonzalez has always been fascinated with math and science.
“I knew engineering was for me when I found out I could help the world by applying these subjects that interest me,” she said. “I also knew that wherever I went to college, I would be willing to put the hard work into being successful.”
But it wasn’t a given that Ruiz-Gonzalez could attend college. When she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from College of DuPage, which includes full tuition, she knew she could finally pursue her dream.
“At one point, I feared not being able to afford school. The Presidential Scholarship alone means so much to me,” she said. “I received more than just a couple of paid classes. College of DuPage was the school that was financially able to give me the ability to pursue personal and professional goals and strengthen my dreams of making a difference in the world.”
Between coursework, student clubs and her participation on both the cross country and track teams, Ruiz-Gonzalez has embarked on making the college experience her own.
“Since my education is most important to me, the education at COD is rigorous and enriching, which will give me the edge I need in my field. The amount of support I have found from the faculty and staff is enormous. In every department, from admissions to student life, I have seen the willingness of the staff members to help students succeed,” she said. “Being a member in a variety of clubs, each one has allowed me to learn, apply skills, network, enjoy myself and simply develop as a person. As an athlete running two successful seasons of Cross Country and one of Track and Field, I have been able to go to nationals three times. This means my personal goals have been met because COD has these programs in place for their students.”
After earning her associate’s degree, Ruiz-Gonzalez will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. And, understanding her own drive to succeed, she knows her education will continue beyond that.
She considers herself fortunate to be at College of DuPage.
“To any prospective student looking at College of DuPage, if nothing else, I would advise you take into consideration everything COD has to offer you. Any school can give you an education, but will you be able to get a great education and an amazing experience from the comfort of your own backyard for less than the price of College of DuPage? I know any current student could tell prospective students how much they have financially saved by being at COD. I want to tell students who are considering College of DuPage that what I have learned goes beyond the material in a few textbooks.
“I don’t want to scare others into thinking that it’s only because I am a high achiever that I am able to get so much out of COD. College of DuPage’s opportunities are available to every single student. What most people fail to realize is there is something at College of DuPage for anyone. There are men’s and woman’s sports teams, more than 60 student clubs and organizations, honor societies, job opportunities, and if that’s not enough, there are thousands of other students you can relate to. I know College of DuPage has something for you.”
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