Major: Associate in General Studies
Joey Weslo came to College of DuPage looking for inspiration and exploring his curiosities.
He originally wanted to major in music theory while taking as many English and political science classes as possible. Then Weslo fell in love with the writers he was reading.
“I saw how the different academic perspectives could be blended into one art form,” he said. “To see how encompassing literature could be was magnificently exciting for me.”
Having never considered journalism before, Weslo began writing for The Courier, COD’s student newspaper, and discovered how literary devices could be applied to capturing a more poetic and emotional story.
“I have always been obsessed with the beauty of the written language. Aesthetically tying together words, making phrases lilt and rise, and controlling the tempo of diction. I love fragmented sentences,” he said. “Writers can create a kaleidoscope of different colors, timbres and varying weights of translucence with the vivid mental images they form within the reader’s mind. When the right words strike an emotional chord, they seem to express a fluorescent shine.
“Allowing me to explore political, psychological and sociological questions, The Courier enables me the freedom to show life under the light of a different lens. The places I go and the people I meet are always new and exciting.”
In 2019, Weslo was named an Academic Excellence Recipient by Discipline for English. The award validated his decision to write.
“I get offended by bad writing, and when I come across something brilliant, I instantly hate it out of jealousy,” he said. “I’ve always looked at my English courses, and especially the assignments I receive, in an abstract way. Receiving the award shows me my teachers haven’t been as fed up with my pretentiousness as I have thought.”
After earning an Associate in General Studies, Weslo is leaving his options open for the future. In fact, he believes direction is poison to good writing.
“If I knew what I was doing with my education or career, I certainly wouldn’t be a writer,” he said. “To steal from Dylan Thomas, because all writers are inherently thieves, ‘I may without fail, Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.’ Every time I look at my future in a pragmatic way, another one of the stars ceases to burn. But then again, there is always money to be made in journalism.”
Weslo is glad he came to COD, which he considers a great place for lost souls to find their way.
“You can experiment and explore with whatever fancies you. Because of the low tuition, there is no fear to see what different options life has for you,” he said. “The classrooms are smaller and the professors can make a personal impact on you. They can help show you things you never imagined. You just have to be willing to open up your imagination and consider all possibilities.”