Student Stories: Angelica Rossi

Angelica Rossi

Major: Criminal and Justice Studies

Although Angelica Rossi always had an interest in criminal justice, she thought she wanted to become a doctor.

She came to College of DuPage and earned an Associate in Science before transferring to pursue her bachelor’s degree. But her plans changed when she realized science was not her passion.

“I had to be honest with myself about what I enjoyed and what I did not within my education and potential career path,” she said. “I decided I wanted to enjoy my education instead of struggling to get through subjects I did not care for. I finally settled on seeking a degree in Criminal and Justice Studies, and I am so happy with my decision as I think it is what I was meant to do all along.”

3+1 Programs at COD

Rossi returned to COD because of its Criminal and Justice Studies 3+1 bachelor’s degree program with Lewis University, in which upper-level courses are taught by Lewis faculty on COD’s campus. 

“COD helped me toward meeting by goals by putting me into contact with various professionals who aid you in furthering your education and career,” she said. “COD also helped me save a ton of money so I could save for my future education in graduate school. Finally, COD helped me reach my personal goals by having the opportunity to participate in field studies, engage with my community and simply enjoy my education.”

While at COD, Rossi earned the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship from the College of DuPage Foundation.

“The MLK Scholarship meant a lot to me as I highly respect Martin Luther King Jr. and his ideals. MLK has impacted my perceptions and motivations in my educational and career goals in order to be a voice for others and do the right thing,” she said. “This scholarship from the COD Foundation helped me financially by lowering the cost of tuition, which allowed me to continue saving money toward my future educational goal to attend graduate school.” 

In earning her second degree at COD, an Associate in Arts, Rossi was named one of the College’s Outstanding Graduate finalists. Her goals are to earn a master’s degree and ultimately make executive decisions within the correctional system that focus on in-depth rehabilitation services for inmates.

Not only is COD an amazing financial decision but it also is a great place for your education and future career.

Angelica Rossi

Her advice for students is to follow their true passions and make the most of their education. They also should look at everything COD has to offer and consider how much money would be saved in the long run. 

“When I was in high school, I had a very skewed perception of what COD was and what it was like. Many people I knew had the idea that a community college is ‘beneath’ a university and was where ‘failures’ went to pursue an education they were not serious about,” she said. “This is far from the truth. Once I visited COD on a high school field trip, I fell in love. I did not realize all of the possibilities COD had to offer. Not only is COD an amazing financial decision but it also is a great place for your education and future career as you learn a lot, meet many people who help you along the way, and are taught by highly intelligent and respected professors. COD was a great option for me as I could continue working, have an easy commute and pick courses that fit my schedule and lifestyle.”

Learn more about the Criminal and Justice Studies program at College of DuPage