Student Spotlight: Peggy Wojkowski
Major: Paralegal Studies
Peggy Wojkowski decided to become a paralegal because it was a fast-growing occupation that interested her.
“Now that I’m working in the field, I know that it is interesting,” she said. “It’s pretty fast-paced and never dull, and I learn something new every day.”
Wojkowski took her first Paralegal Studies class at College of DuPage with Sally N. Fairbank, professor and coordinator of the program, who inspired her throughout her studies.
“Sally is so dedicated to making the program a success, and I wanted to be a part of that success,” she said. “Her efforts and enthusiasm to start the Paralegal program, to get it ABA (American Bar Association)-approved, and to continue to make it a great program are inspirational. It is so easy to sit back and accept the status quo, but Sally inspires me to better myself and stay connected to the program in order to help other new paralegal students.”
During her Paralegal Practicum course, Wojkowski completed an internship at Haskin & Corrigan, PC and then was hired as a full-time paralegal, concentrating on family law. She graduated from College of DuPage in 2010 and then majored in chemistry at North Central College, where she was an award-winning member of its Mock Trial team.
“I have an aptitude for math and science,” she said. “Chemistry has always been a fascinating subject. It could be a great springboard to getting involved in the Intellectual Property area of law.”
Wojkowski was named Outstanding Chemistry Major at NCC. After earning her bachelor’s in Chemistry, she enrolled at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a first-year law student. She hopes to concentrate in patent law.
Wojkowski is proud to speak with other students about her experience in COD’s Paralegal Studies program and has plenty of advice for them.
“The greatest lesson I took away from the program is the importance of the ethical rules that we discussed in every class,” she said. “Varying degrees of ethical situations arise every day. It is important to know that you are not stepping over any ethical line.
“I also would advise that current students act like every day is a job interview and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Professors, other students and attorneys who are active at COD will take notice. They could be the connection to your first, or next, paralegal opportunity.”
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