Student Spotlight: Cynthia M. Head
Cynthia M. Head
Major: Continuing Education
Cynthia Head’s goals in retirement are simple.
“I want to find something to keep my brain active, and I have fully found that at College of DuPage!” she said. “I have met new friends, have gotten to know my teachers fairly well, and am learning the details about medieval European events to a greater depth than I had amassed in my college days.”
Head found College of DuPage after moving to the Chicago area in the mid-1980s. She needed to update her Michigan teaching certificate and enrolled at the nearest college.
Since then, Head has both taken classes at COD and taught them. For example, she enrolled in Dr. Russell Kirt’s Environmental Biology class to learn ecology and enjoyed exploring the wetland that is now named after him. She was hired by the Kids on Campus program to conduct four-week classes for 4-to 10-year-olds in Beginning Astronomy, Rocks and Minerals, and Dinosaurs. She even took her students on a trip to the Field Museum.
In 2012, she started attending Joe DalSanto’s Sage Lectures and Astronomy courses offered through Continuing Education, having followed DalSanto from another college to COD. She also noticed other interesting classes in the CE catalogue, especially the History courses taught by John Schreiber and Marcus Sanghera. She enrolled in “Iliad” in 2016 and was hooked.
“My teaching background is in history/political science/speech. But when I graduated from the University of Detroit in 1967, I never found a job in those fields,” she said. “I am thrilled that the Lifelong Learning course offerings in history are so encompassing in scope! I have become a regular in John’s and Marcus’ classes and hope to meet the other lecturers by taking their courses in future semesters.”
In fact, Head plans on taking Lifelong Learning courses for many years to come. She even doesn’t mind the nearly hour-long drive from her home to campus, regardless of whether it’s sunny or snowing.
“I may be a little late but never not attending. A cup of hot coffee and I am ‘ready to roll!’” she said. “On the days I drive to College of DuPage, I wake up excited and ready to come to campus. I thoroughly recommend to anyone reading this to get a CE catalogue and really read the course descriptions. The amount of thinking and work that goes into producing them is a work of art.”
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