Student Spotlight: Rachel Dau

Rachel Dau

Rachel Dau
Major: Culinary Arts

Rachel Dau came to College of DuPage unsure of what to pursue as a career.

"I figured I would take classes and decide if this was right for me -- and it turns out it was," she said. "I fell in love with the school. The chefs, instructors and fellow classmates have helped to shape who I am now, and I would not trade that for anything."

Dau finished two associate's degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts in 2013. Instead of leaving campus, she will stay at COD as part of the 3+1 program with Roosevelt University. This allows her to take her third year of classes through COD and her fourth year taught by Roosevelt professors on COD's campus, which will earn her a bachelor's degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Roosevelt.

While at COD, she has worked as a baking assistant and in the culinary market. On the side, she makes cakes and pastries for personal customers.

"I will do anything from weddings and birthdays to baby and bridal showers," she said. "Making people happy through food and knowing that I was able to help make their big day a little more special is incredibly rewarding."

In 2013, Dau received a $5,000 scholarship from the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. She was one of only seven women in the Chicago area to receive this award.

Dau is unsure of her ultimate career goal but knows it will be with food. She loves to work with children and teach, and she would enjoy working with a not-for-profit company. Regardless of her path, she's thankful for the education she is receiving at College of DuPage.

"Right now, I want to continue to learn and gain experience and make a difference in other people’s lives," she said. "Taking classes at COD has helped me to save money while still getting a fantastic education. I have learned so much in so many aspects of my life and am very grateful."

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