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Carlos Catalan
Waukegan High School

(Class of 2013)


Degree or certificate program at CLC: Associate in Arts; English major.

Transfer school, degree and year: Washington University, 2016. Carlos was named a semifinalist for the very prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Hometown: Waukegan

High school clubs and activities: Senior class president; yearbook club vice-president and head photographer; student council yearbook representative; Dance Marathon executive board member; German Club; varsity choir

Interests and hobbies: Reading and writing critical analyses; watching reality TV shows

I was so shocked to have been considered a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. These things don't happen to an average student like me. As an undocumented student, it gave me immense hope and an even bigger chance to continue my education. I'm planning on transferring to Washington University in St. Louis. By getting this scholarship, it would alleviate any pressures my parents were facing about paying for my education. In addition, it would only increase my chances of earning more scholarships as a result of this.

My favorite class at CLC was my horror-themed English Composition II class.
I am a huge fan of horror movies, and to combine it with my passion for writing made the class incredibly enjoyable. The teacher, Patrick Gonder, knew his material and always took time to help me improve my writing. And he really made me feel like the strengths I have can be used to change the world. I would like to become an English teacher and inspire others the way he has inspired me.

Currently, I am involved in the Student Government Association as a student senator. My activities also include being a Latino Alliance member, a lead student ambassador and sitting on five committees: Judicial Board, Campus Visit Experience, Diversity Commission, Counseling and Advising and the Student Experience Team. By getting involved in a lot of clubs and organizations, I’ve learned about the college and have used what I know to help CLC students.

I have made so many new friends at CLC. My classes have involved a lot of group work, and I have gotten to know many classmates as a result. I have developed strong friendships that I know will be long-lasting.

Enrolling at the college was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After my first semester here, I knew that I was meant to come here and learn the meaning of hard work. I was meant to meet new people and make connections with those who will help me on my journey to succeed. As a good friend of mine once said, “College is a marathon, and not a sprint.” Eventually, I wish to teach college English and eventually become a department chair or dean.