Read our student blogs for first-hand insights about what it’s like to be a student at the College of Lake County.
What is it like to attend the College of Lake County? The best way to know is through what our students and graduates say. Read the first-hand accounts of students of different ages and backgrounds.
Aaron Spivey, 2015 graduate, transferred to North Central College; majoring in exercise science; former member of CLC men’s cross country team.
Alexa Laird, 2014 graduate, transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; plans to go to graduate school in psychology.
Brandon Moy, graduated in 2014 with an Associate in Engineering Science degree; he is now a mechanical engineering major at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Bridget Bell, 2008 graduate, went on to earn M.A. at De Paul University.
Charita Martin, working on an A.A.S. degree in HVAC engineering technology. Her goal is to be a self-employed energy auditor.
Cindy Osorio, international student.
Fanni Lakatos, transferred to Purdue University, to study biochemistry.
Hannah Woods, 2013 graduate, transferred to Purdue University to study materials science and engineering.
Itzel Hernandez, transferred to National Louis University in 2014.
Jessica Atchison, 2013 graduate; graduated from Lake Forest College in 2015.
Joanne Gerlach, returning adult student in horticulture.
John Brown, graduated in 2014 with an A.A. in English. He is now majoring in political science and communications at Lake Forest College.
Kedric Mabon, earned GED in 2008; completed transfer courses; now working on a bachelor's degree in Christian ministry, with a minor in music, from Trinity International University.
Keith Berman, 2013 graduate, transferred to the University of Illinois, where he graduated in 2015 with B.A. degrees in psychology and communications; he is now pursuing a master's degree in communications.
Kendall Welton, 2014 graduate, transferring to Concordia University in Wisconsin to major in nursing.
Kiley Niemeyer, earned an Associate in Engineering Science degree in 2015 and is now attending Northern Illinois University; he is majoring in mechanical engineering with emphasis on mechatronics and robotics.
Lydia Wells, 2013 graduate; graduated from Lake Forest College, 2015; currently an English instructor at Lake Forest Academy.
Madalina Roscan-Guzman, mother of four; 2013 CLC graduate who transferred to Lake Forest College; graduated from Lake Forest College in 2015 with a B.A. in English.
Marcelo Vega, 2014 graduate, A.A. psychology, certificate in wellness coaching.
Markise Jackson, graduated in 2015 with an A.A. degree and is now an elementary education major at Illinois State University.
Mary Tsakadze, Student Ambassador; member of women’s tennis team.
Melissa Mara, 2015 graduate; participated in overseas field study trip to Peru; now majoring in environmental geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Ramsha Mall, graduated from CLC in 2013 with an A.A. in business. She also earned a B.A. in logistics, materials and supply chain management from Elmhurst College in 2015, with a minor international business. She is now a sales and account management intern for C.H. Robinson, a Minnesota-based, third-party logistics provider.
Robin Rush, earned a phlebotomy technician certificate in 2014 and is now pursuing an A.A.S. degree in nursing at CLC.
Rose Anne DeLeon, 2007 graduate; earned bachelor’s degree in communication from Northeastern Illinois University; now a copy editor.
Sally E. Fleissner, 2013 graduate; earned a B.A. in paralegal studies from Roosevelt University in 2014 and is now a paralegal intern at the office of the Cook County public defender.
Samara Giron is enrolled in the Mechatronics technology certificate program and plans to graduate in 2016.
Sara Obenchain, 2012 graduate, transferred to Northern Illinois University to major in business.
Shahram Raoff, transferred to the University of Illinois-Chicago to major in biology; accepted to dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sofia Korionova, attended CLC from 2012 to 2014, is majoring in applied mathematics-economics at Brown University in Rhode Island.
Stephen Cartwright, 2011 graduate; earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and is studying for a master’s degree in divinity at Trinity International University, where he also serves as assistant residence director.
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
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