Student Stories: Amanda Chapman

Amanda Chapman

Major: Languages

After graduating from high school, Amanda Chapman wasn’t sure what her major should be. 

She did know that College of DuPage would be a good place to start. Chapman was named a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD’s Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and received the COD Foundation’s Freshman Scholarship, which helped her purchase books and supplies.  

“I knew that at COD, I would be able to take classes in everything I was interested in, and that I would have time to really figure out where I wanted to transfer and what to major in,” she said. “While the scholarships helped me financially, they also helped me mentally because I could focus more on my education rather than how much my education cost.”  

Chapman, who began taking Spanish classes in middle school, continued doing so at COD. She decided to participate in the Study Abroad to Spain, one of several language immersion opportunities offered through the College’s Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad/Global Education program. 

“I’ve always known that I wanted to study abroad once I got to college, and COD allowed me to travel the world to places like Spain, Costa Rica and New York,” she said. “In Spain, I discovered my passion for Spanish and was inspired to major in it. The following year, I actually went back to Spain with COD because I knew that it was an excellent program through which I could improve my fluency and Spanish literacy. 

“The Study Abroad programs pushed me out of my comfort zone, and after each trip I came back a better version of myself.”  

Chapman earned her Associate in Arts degree with high honors and received the Elmhurst College Transfer Scholarship, a full-tuition award presented to one COD student annually. She is majoring in Supply Chain Management and minoring in Spanish. 

“The scholarship gives me more free time to be involved on campus and focus on my education and future career,” she said. “I’ve joined a sorority and started volunteering at an after-school care program for bilingual students. And I plan on joining more clubs and honor societies on campus. I also plan on doing more study abroad trips with Elmhurst College to further improve my Spanish.” 

Her goal is to secure a job that will allow her to travel the world and work with people from different backgrounds.  

As for COD, Chapman said it’s a great place to start. 

“It’s not just because of the cost but because of how much COD has to offer to their students. There are so many free resources available to set students up for success in their college career,” she said. “COD also has challenging honors courses and caring and helpful professors.

“I want to say thank you to all the faculty and scholarship donors for their generosity. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for all the financial, academic and career assistance that I received while at COD. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m forever grateful for everything I’ve been awarded.”