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Your CLC Success Story

Jen Swartz
Vernon Hills High School

(Class of 2012)


Degree or certificate program at CLC: Associate in Arts in economics; planning to graduate in 2015.

Transfer school, degree and year: Either DePaul University, Loyola University or the University of Illinois-Chicago in fall 2015.

Hometown: Vernon Hills.

High school clubs and activities: Gay-Straight Alliance; Environmental Club.

Interests and hobbies: Playing the piano; exploring the food scene in Chicago; coffee, coffee and more coffee.

My favorite class was History of Contemporary Non-Western Civilization because I got to learn about different parts of the world I didn’t know much about. And my professor, Josie Faulk, was awesome. She is passionate about the subject and was really good at getting people involved in class, which made it more fun.

Professor Faulk really pushed me to join the Honors program, which has been a great opportunity to be in classes that really challenge me. The honors-level introductory psychology course is different from the regular section in that we go more in depth with the material. I’m also in the CLC Scholars seminar, which is a neat experience in that the students are really engaged in discussions.

I have made new friends, mainly through my classes. The students are all really friendly. I also do volunteer work through the CLC Foundation to help raise scholarship funds.

I spent my first year of college in a small liberal arts school in the Midwest. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my life, and I was spending a lot of money without receiving a very good education. So I decided to come back to Illinois and save money by coming to CLC and to take more time exploring what I wanted to study.

My plan is to transfer back to a four-year school after this year and continue to graduate school eventually. My perfect job would be having my own radio show on National Public Radio, where I interview people.

At CLC I’ve learned to take a lot more responsibility for my own education. I have to balance school with my job, extracurricular activities and other things I want to do. It’s made me realize what I’m really capable of handling and that hard work pays off.