Student Stories: Frank Leong

Frank Leong

Major: Human Services

When Frank Leong first started at College of DuPage, he thought he had a plan in place for his future.

“As I continued with it, I realized it wasn’t for me,” he said. “COD allowed flexibility to figure out what I really wanted out of my education. Inside my head, I knew that I wanted to help people, and I became interested in human services because it was another way to assist people in a way that I resonated with.”

When he started in the Human Services program, Leong didn’t have much experience in the field and wasn’t sure what to expect. In order to learn more about it outside the classroom, he joined the Human Services Network Club. 

“As a part of HSNC, we would go out and help assist our community by educating and advocating for various demographics with issues that might be swept under the rug,” he said. “I got to expand what we were learning in class and relate it to working professionals in their respective fields. I recommend the club to current Human Service students and any others willing to learn or advocate for those who may be unable or need a voice.”

Leong later became president of the HSNC, which helped him develop leadership and mentoring skills while connecting him with resources to pass on to others in the community. He also participated in symposiums created by his professors, which educated students on various topics covered in class while connecting them with working professionals.

When taking Introduction to Human Services, Leong needed to complete a service learning, which he did at Loaves and Fishes community center in Naperville.

“I finished my service learning early in the semester, but I enjoyed my time there and I continued to volunteer well into the summer until I had to start my internship.”

Having earned his Associate in Applied Science and graduating with honors, as well as being recognized for excellence by discipline in Human Services, Leong is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree through COD’s 3+1 program with National Louis University. He then would like to continue his education and earn a master’s degree in Social Work.

Because of the impact COD had on his academic and career paths, Leong would like to work in the education system. He thanks COD for helping him meet his goals. 

“Educationally, I was able to find a path that I enjoy and want to pursue. COD also connected me with various professors, students and staff who all have helped me enjoy the path I’m on,” he said. “Career-wise, COD helped me put together my first-ever professional resume and assisted me with getting my first-ever internship at World Relief DuPage/Aurora, in which we help serve immigrants and refugees. 

“Students interested in the Human Services program should get to know their professors and fellow classmates as they will be future professionals with their own sets of skills, ideas and ways that can broaden your own abilities.” 

More about the Human Services program