Student Spotlight: Anthony Walker
The only class Anthony Walker received an “A” in during high school was consumer education.
“It was something about the study of business and management that just felt right,” he said. “The assignments that most other students struggled with in this class were enjoyable and came of ease to me. I have always looked at myself as a problem solver and a leader but it just took a couple of life experiences for me to take a leap into a management major.”
Walker didn’t want to choose a college just because it was close to home and felt comfortable.
“I knew my introverted personality would not mix at a four-year school,” he said. “On top of that, I did not want to put myself so heavily in debt at a young age. I took a tour of College of DuPage and I told myself at that moment, ‘This is it!’ COD has everything so diverse, so many ways to get involved, and it was affordable. Despite it being a little far away from home and in a community that I was unfamiliar with, I saw my potential at COD. It was one of the best choices I have ever made.”
While at COD, Walker served as the Student Trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees for one year. He also received a scholarship after completing his commitment as an orientation leader and the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., scholarship through the College of DuPage Foundation. For the latter, he received a letter of recommendation from Nancy Payne, Professor of Business.
In earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Management and certificates in Human Resources Management, Supervision and Management, Walker became the first college graduate in his family. He currently is taking more classes at COD as prerequisites before transferring to Benedictine University to study Management. Since he is staying at COD, he is serving a one-year term as the Civic Engagement Officer for the Student Leadership Council.
Ultimately, Walker wants to pursue a master’s degree in Business as he prepares for a career in talent acquisition and is thinking about law school later in life.
In addition to the quality education he is receiving from College of DuPage, Walker praises the faculty for taking the time to navigate him toward his goals.
“They are phenomenal! It is clear they want you to succeed and get the most out of your college experience,” he said. “Professor Jane Murtaugh has been very resourceful answering any questions that relate to my major and helping me plan for life after COD. And she’s just one of the exceptional professors that I have had. They really do add to a positive environment here on campus and are very insightful.
“COD is great for those who may not know what they want to do, or for anyone who is looking to get the most out of their college experience. COD offers tutoring services at no additional cost, which I think every incoming freshman should take full advantage of. There are many ways to get involved, and it is a good place to connect and meet new people. Just as anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.”
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