Student Spotlight: Dianna Necka
Major: Library and
Dianna Necka initially enrolled in general education courses at College of DuPage while dabbling in animation.
However, she was forced to leave COD after a spinal injury left her paralyzed. After a rough journey to recovery, she returned to the College and, deciding to try something different, began taking classes in the Library and Information Technology program.
“I have always known that I wanted to do work that helped people in a community,” she said. “When I was a kid, I really enjoyed hanging out in the local elementary school library. My next-door neighbor and best friend’s mother was the school librarian. She was always so cool, and her job seemed like so much fun! Having that experience and being inspired by her really gave me the push that I needed and made me want to pursue a career in the library field.”
It helped that Necka found the College’s professors supportive and understanding.
“For them, this wasn't just about giving their students an education. It was about preparing their students for lifelong use of this knowledge and preparation for future careers,” she said. “I also must attribute my success to all of the support and guidance I received from Program Coordinator Carol Sturz. She's one of those professors that you can go to for anything, regardless of if you’re taking a class with her at that time. She’s there to help her students.”
Necka just completed an internship with her mentor and friend Peggy Schmuldt where she worked in a library with grade school students. She knows she wants to work in an elementary school library.
“I love working with children, and I really enjoy captivating them with great stories and good crafts,” she said. “Children are so young and impressionable, and I would love to make a difference in their lives.”
Necka recommends the Library and Information Technology program to anyone wanting a career in library science.
“This is absolutely the program you should choose to study! I have learned so much and just had an overall great experience,” she said. “The classes can be taken both online and on campus, which is very helpful to students like myself who have physical handicaps. The professors are here to help you and will do everything in their power to help you succeed.
“College of DuPage is a great school for anyone who is uncertain of what the future holds. When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career-wise. Choosing College of DuPage gave me the ability to experiment with different classes and paths. I am very glad I chose to study library science at College of DuPage!”
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