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Cody Lemke
Grant Community High School

(Class of 2013)

CLC degree: Associate in Science; planning to graduate in 2015.

Major: Biochemistry.

Transfer school: Undecided; planning to earn a bachelor's degree in 2017, then complete a master's degree in biochemistry and work in medicinal research.

Hometown: Ingleside.

High school clubs and activities: football, baseball, cheerleading.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, including hiking, kayaking, biking and riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

I have had so many great experiences in all of my CLC classes, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Anatomy and Physiology. I learned so much that will help me in my future, and I had fun doing it. Whenever I was confused about any material, there were always resources available to me to help me succeed. I ended up with a very strong A in the class.

The instructor, Branko Jablanovic, was very influential in my final decision as to pursue a career in medicine. He always taught using applied examples rather than just feeding us information out of the book. His method of teaching made for a very fun, interesting and comprehensible course that furthered my interest in medicine.

Outside of classes, I became involved in all three honors societies: CLC Scholars, Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. I also have a work study job in the biology lab to gain experience.

I have indeed made new friends at CLC. It wasn’t until I started getting involved in extracurricular activities and the honor societies that I met some of the good friends I have today. There are some great friends to be made here; you just have to be willing to get involved to find them.

The way I learned seemed to change once I started attending CLC. Gaining exposure to people of various backgrounds and various mindsets helped me become more holistic. The classroom experiences allowed me to see things from a greater variety of viewpoints than before.

In high school, I chose to enroll at CLC after looking at the prices of four-year universities–and being unable to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Two years later, I am nearing my transfer to a four-year university. If I could go back in time, I’d definitely make the same choice in attending CLC.

The college offers the opportunities to grow and succeed at your own pace. Being a student here has helped me discover who I am and what I desire to be. The CLC classes have opened my eyes to possible majors and careers, and the knowledge has helped me make my decisions. The education and experience I have gained here is priceless.

My long-term career and educational goals include graduating from medical school and being a surgeon. In the best-case scenario, I plan on transferring to Lake Forest College or the University of Chicago to major in neuroscience and to pursue a pre-med curriculum.