Channan Daniel always knew she would be good at counseling and advising.
“Ever since I was in high school, I was that person my friends would come to for advice and I’ve always had a knack of knowing the right things to say when I advised them,” she said. “Whether it be about life, relationships or family, I always helped others get through their problems. That is why I want to be a family and marriage counselor.”
Daniel came to College of DuPage mainly to save money. She knew the beginning of her college career would be focused on completing general education classes, so she decided to maximize her time at COD to avoid going into debt.
In return, she is working with caring professors, meeting new people and finding herself through involvement on campus.
“The classes that I have taken have been significantly impactful on my academic career,” she said. “With the help of my past professors, I know I am on the right track to developing my choice of career. Also, getting involved with clubs and orgs was fairly easy for me considering I met a lot of people during my first year. Without the help of those friends I’ve made along the way, I would not have ever decided to do the things I did at COD.”
One friend, formerly a team lead for New Student Orientation (NSO), asked Daniel to participate.
“She saw how outgoing and positive I was around her, so she wanted me to be a part of the cause,” she said. “I will say this program definitely changed how I felt about COD. Learning leadership skills during the process, and generally being open to everyone you are working with, allowed me to express myself in a way that I never had the chance to before joining NSO. After my first year, I then became a team lead, which allowed me to become a role model to those who were training under me. Being a part of NSO was definitely an experience to remember.”
It also led her to working with the College’s Multimedia Services department, which asked her to interview graduates for COD’s 2019 commencement.
“They saw me working and interacting with people during orientation and thought I would be a good fit. I also worked with Multimedia for NSO in 2019 for the orientation video. It was a really fun experience to be on camera for both of those projects,” she said. “Then I was asked to be the narrator for the virtual commencement ceremony in 2020 because of my previous work. I accepted the offer and I can say that I’m glad I did it.”
While at COD, Daniel received two scholarships through the Living Leadership program, which helped her pay for classes. Her goal is to transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago and earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Eventually she would like to start her own clinic.
For students considering COD, Daniel advises them not to be afraid of themselves.
“People always tell me that they don’t know how to make friends at COD and everyone is so closed off they don’t know how to get involved,” she said. “The biggest thing is to not be afraid to be that person to take the first step and talk to someone. You never know how impactful you holding that first conversation will be and how far it can take you.”