Student Spotlight: Angelo Bartocci
Major: Associate in Arts
Angelo Bartocci originally saw College of DuPage as a means to an end.
He wanted a college education, and COD was affordable, close to home and had an excellent reputation. What he didn’t expect was how many connections he'd make at College of DuPage.
“The professors and students who come from all walks of life are the reasons why I keep coming back,” Bartocci said. “When I came to COD, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. What I was surprised by, and continue to be surprised by, is how much the time spent there has led me to my chosen vocation.”
After earning his Associate in Arts degree at College of DuPage, Bartocci graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. At one point, he taught a psychoeducation course two days a week in Chicago schools on the topics of relational aggression and bullying, did one-on-one and group work at a residential facility for adults with mental illness disabilities, and went to school full-time.
He then transferred to Midwestern University and earned a Doctorate in Psychology. He completed his Therapy Practicum, conducting group and individual therapy at an adult correctional facility, and his Advanced Therapy Practicum at a major Illinois university, conducting individual and group therapy as well as outreach to students.
Bartocci is now in Augusta, Georgia, where he was matched with his first choice for an internship – with the Army. He was commissioned a captain in 2015.
“All the hard work has started to really pay off and will continue to as I learn more and more,” he said. “Every day I can see myself developing further into my new role of soldier and upcoming role as clinical psychologist. I am lucky. I worked hard, but that alone is not enough. I am lucky to have found a solid life partner, have a healthy child, and lucky to be given the chance to prove myself through service to my country.”
He traces his career good fortune back to his educational roots at College of DuPage.
“I met some amazing people there and still keep in touch with a few of the professors, who have mentored me and helped guide me in so many ways. The students were great, too. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this guidance,” he said.
“It is a testament to COD that I came into college wanting to jump to the next point, and I ended up enjoying the journey so much that I didn't want to reach the destination. I identify much more with COD than any other school, because it is where I know I can feel at home.
“Recently I met with a few of my favorite faculty members from COD, who I hadn’t seen in some time. We discussed, amongst other things, my long-term goal to one day teach at COD. Life has taken me to some great places, and it would be an honor to bring those experiences back to where they all started. I want the opportunity to inspire other students to chase their dreams, just as I have. Time will tell where I land, but for now I’m just enjoying the ride.
“The whole point of college is to grow, transform and find your vocation. COD was a vital stepping stone in getting me where I am today, setting the stage for the rich career that I am pursuing. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had and will continue striving over the coming years to establish myself. I am chasing my dreams, and every day they become more of a reality. The sky is truly the limit, and I know that this is just the beginning.”
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