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Rodrigo Reyes
New Tech High School

(Class of 2013)

Degree at CLC: Associate in Science.

Expected CLC graduation date: 2015

Transfer school: University of Illinois at Chicago; majoring in biology. Expected graduation date: 2017.

Hometown: Zion, Ill.

High school clubs and activities: National Honor society, Interact (a public service club), Polar Bear Running Club, book club.

Interests and hobbies: Reading, running, swimming, watching movies.

My favorite class at CLC was Honors English Composition II. The instructor, Tamara Wolff, was an incredible teacher. She was extremely passionate about her work and was always very friendly and upbeat. There was never a dull day in her class. When grading your paper, she would give you feedback on your strengths as well as areas where you could improve. What made it fun was reading her notes after she returned the paper to you. You could follow her thought process in every line that she wrote. This really drove me to try the best that I could in every essay that I wrote for her.

Another instructor, Kathryn Petty, taught my Fundamentals of Speech class, and she truly inspired me. In one particular instance, she asked the students to memorize President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. When I was done reciting it in front of the class, she said, “Once you have memorized something, no one can ever take it away from you. It is yours forever.”

I have made many friends at CLC because I have always been a firm believer that if you open yourself up to others, they will respond in kind. So far, I have been a member of the pre-med professionals club, the Wellness Club, Phi Theta Kappa and the CLC Honors Program. One experience in particular that stands out was a trip I took to the University of Chicago. In this trip, I was inspired to continue to persist in my academic goals. 

Initially I enrolled at CLC because I was attracted to the prospects of saving money by taking economically-priced courses that can transfer to a four-year university. However, I stayed because of the opportunities the college offered and the friendships that I made.

Currently I am on a pre-medicine track at CLC. Working as a doctor is a field that truly calls to me. After CLC, my plans are to transfer to the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Being a student at CLC has truly strengthened my resolve to continue to pursue my career. I have learned that nothing is given to you, and that you must take on the responsibility of making your education the best it can possibly be.