Student Spotlight: Mirjana Ursulesku
Major: Graphic Design
Since she was a young girl in Northern Bosnia, Mirjana Ursuleski has studied fine arts.
She spent years as a professional visual artist and wanted to explore graphic design, but the timing was never right. But in the fall 2012, she finally found time to gain some basic skills in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
"I enrolled in a few classes at College of DuPage and absolutely fell in love," she said. "College of DuPage was a natural choice since it’s near where I live. As a mother of two, finding a place to continue my education that was close to home was essential, and I feel like I struck gold. The program at COD ended up being a perfect fit for me."
Ursulesku is earning her Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design. In fall 2014, she will transfer to Columbia College in Chicago, where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship.
"This competitive, merit-based scholarship is an enormous honor, and words can’t describe how thrilled I am to be a recipient. I’m eager for the opportunity to expand my studies in the field and to be part of the creative team at Columbia," she said.
"I’d like to give a big 'thank you' to my professor John Callegari. He has pushed me to do my absolute best at every turn, and this scholarship would not have been possible without his guidance. The portfolio of work that I submitted with my scholarship application was all work that I generated in his classes -- which I think says a lot. My education has been greatly enhanced by having him as a professor, and I’m incredibly grateful."
Ursulesku's ideal career will incorporate both her fine arts and graphic design skills. Although she's not sure what that will be, she is open to the many opportunities that await her at Columbia.
She believes College of DuPage laid the groundwork for a successful career.
"Honestly, it’s hard to be specific. I can say with confidence that every single project was vital to my learning," she said. "If I were to give advice to a student who is considering the Graphic Design program at COD, I would start by saying, 'This is an outstanding choice!' The time I spent here surpassed all my expectations. And I cannot speak highly enough about the faculty. My experience from day one has been that the faculty in this program truly want you to succeed, and they are willing to go above and beyond to help you reach your goals."
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