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Beth Sousa
Grayslake North High School

(Class of 2012)

Degree at CLC: Associate in Arts; planning to graduate in 2015.

Transfer school and degree: Aurora University, majoring in social work with a minor in political science.

High school clubs and activities: Pom Squad; Public Service Practicum, a class taken by seniors and some juniors, primarily aimed at public service in the community and in the school.

Interests and hobbies: reading, cooking, watching movies.

One class I really enjoyed was American National Politics. We learned about the different types of elections and talked about the economy as well as current events. We also watched “The Ides of March,” a 2011 presidential campaign drama starring George Clooney. I looked forward to going to class because there was lots of participation, with students expressing their political opinions, but it never got to point of arguing. In the class, I really grew to appreciate the freedom we have in America to voice our opinions. Eventually, I want to be in public service, either as a mayor or serving on a city council.

Mick Cullen, who taught a course in human sexuality, knows how to make concepts easy to understand. He took a no-nonsense approach to grading papers, and seeing those red marks on my paper made me a better writer.

Leslie Hopkins, a philosophy instructor, was very engaging in presenting the ideas of Aristotle and other philosophers. She’s also open to others’ opinions and makes the class welcoming. I’ve never had bad professors at CLC. They all have been very engaging and well-organized.

Outside of classes, I’ve made a ton of new friends at CLC through clubs and activities. I’m a member of the Fandom Club, where we talk about movies such as “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” and TV shows such as “Dr. Who.”

I’ve also been a Student Ambassador in CLC’s Enrollment Services department since 2013. I really love to work with prospective students, because I have a lot of pride in CLC, and high-school students are the population that I plan to work with in my career as a high-school social worker. I tell students that here at CLC, they will be taught by experienced instructors, not teacher’s assistants, which they’ll find at many four-year universities. Months later, it’s cool to recognize the prospects returning as CLC students.

Financially, CLC is a huge bargain, but unfortunately, many students my age are not thinking about that. They want to start college by moving away to a four-year school because they’re caught up in the dorm life and other activities. In my case, through grants and work-study jobs, I’ve paid for all of my CLC tuition. But I have friends who started out at four-year schools and two years into their education, they’re $70,000 in debt.