Student Stories: Ana Juvan

Student Stories: Ana Juvan

Major: Associate in Arts

After high school, Ana Juvan’s friends were transferring to colleges and universities.

“But I kept thinking to myself, ‘I’m not ready to leave,’” she said. “At that time, I was playing guitar in a successful band and wanted to see how far I could go with it. Also, the master instructor at my karate school offered me a job teaching the Little Dragons (ages 4 to 6), and I wanted to continue my karate journey by not only becoming a better martial artist but by beginning to go down the instructor path as well. Once I applied to College of DuPage and got the Presidential Scholarship, it seemed obvious to me what the solution to my college dilemma was.”

As a Presidential Scholar, Juvan received a full-tuition scholarship and was enrolled in COD’s Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She said it was the best thing that could have happened, providing her with a push academically as well as a help financially.

“My dad always said the main goal of college is to graduate with as little debt as possible, and coming from a family that has gone through financial problems in the past, this was definitely a very exciting achievement for all of us,” she said. “In order to maintain the Presidential Scholarship, you are required to complete 15 hours of Honors credits, which helped me keep my academics sharp and my semesters on track. It also helped me get an idea of what the rest of my college career will look like. It’s an incredible program that I would encourage anyone who’s eligible to take advantage of.”

Juvan received the Elmhurst College Transfer Scholarship, a full-tuition award given to one COD student every year. While at Elmhurst, she started a karate club, the institution’s first martial arts club, where she continues as head instructor and helps others on their journey to a black belt. She holds a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do karate and a first degree black belt in hapkido and recently was the female grand champion cup winner at the karate regionals in Naperville. In fact, she wants martial arts to be a part of her life and hopes someday to open a part-time karate school. 

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, she is now looking for a full-time job in the finance industry. Juvan is happy that she came to College of DuPage, where she enjoyed only positive experiences. 

“It’s a great campus with lots of resources to help you succeed, including phenomenal professors,” she said. “I’ve met some really incredible friends here and enjoyed all the activities put on by Student Life, clubs and the College in general. By commuting and still living at home, I got to sleep in my own bed and eat my mom’s homemade meals, which was a big benefit to me. I also was able to continue my martial arts training and not only achieve my second-degree black belt, but became captain of our Demonstration Team and a World Tang Soo Do Association certified instructor.

“Like anything, college is what you make of it. I know a lot of people give community college students a hard time about not going to universities right away, but honestly it’s such a smart financial move that I don’t understand why people give it such a negative connotation. If you go to COD with a good mindset and an open mind, you’ll have a great time and maximize the school’s potential for you. Be ambitious and utilize everything the College has to offer.”

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