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Erika Molina
New Tech High School

(Class of 2013)

Degree or certificate program at CLC: Associate in Arts.

Expect CLC graduation date: 2015.

Transfer school: University of Illinois-Chicago; majoring in English; expected graduation year 2017.

Hometown: Zion, Ill.

High school clubs and activities: NJROTC; chess club; Sister to Sister; Interact, a service club sponsored by Rotary International.

Interests and hobbies: Reading, writing, drawing.

In my first semester at CLC, I took an Introduction to Criminal Justice class and the subject was not only really interesting, it helped me decide on my dream career: becoming a lawyer. My professor, Philip Baron, is a practicing attorney, and the way he talked about laws and the law profession made me realize that it was something I would enjoy and be good at.

Another class that I really enjoyed was honors English Composition II, or English 122. The students were really engaged in the discussions, and that’s what made it so great. And my professor, Tamara Wolff, is a wonderful person and teacher. All of her assignments were relevant to the course and interesting to do.

At CLC, I’ve made so many connections, it’s amazing. Outside of class, I am the vice president of the Latino Alliance and the public relations officer for Phi Theta Kappa.

When I started at CLC, I thought student life was going to be “go to class and go home.” I soon realized that it’s the complete opposite of that. My professors are the kind of people who want to see you succeed, and they will take time to help you find your niche. And the student life is thriving. There are so many clubs and organizations that you can join and have your own little family.

After graduating from CLC, I am planning to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago, where I would like to major in English and minor in political science. Then, I’m going to take a year off and become a paralegal, and eventually go to law school. I want to work in corporate law someday.