Student Spotlight: Maria Torres

Maria Torres

Maria Torres
Major: Cosmetology
Hometown: Brookfield

Maria Torres is inspired by her mother.

"I just felt every time she got ready to go out she looked her best," she said. "Also, the way she transformed herself and to see how much more confident she was amazed me. So I wanted to bring that feeling to other people."

Torres initially attended another college to complete some of her general education credits. Then she transferred to College of DuPage for its Cosmetology program.

"Cosmetology is an art," she said. "It is a creative field where you make someone look good and feel great. COD offers a great program and assistance with financial aid."

Once Torres finishes her certificate in 2013, she plans to find a job within the industry. Then she would like to earn her associate's degree. She thanks College of DuPage for providing her with opportunities she did not have before.

"Educationally, COD expanded my knowledge in the cosmetology field. Career-wise, it opened doors," she said. "Attending College of DuPage has been a rewarding experience."

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