Degree or certificate program: Majoring in biology, with a minor in forensics.
Hometown: Lives in Lake Villa; immigrated to U.S. from Hungary as a teenager. Attended Vernon Hills High School for two years before enrolling at CLC.
Transfer school: Purdue University, where she enrolled in 2014 to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Interests and hobbies: Travel, movies, music, dancing and playing volleyball. I go back to Hungary every year to visit my family.
In high school, no one else spoke my language. I love to talk so I needed to learn English fast!
At CLC, I rediscovered my love of chemistry. I took chemistry in the ninth grade in Hungary. At CLC I took Chemistry I, and it made me realize how much I like chemistry. I had Dr. Bruce Moy, and he was always really positive and willing to help no matter what. You can tell he loves chemistry and he loves to teach, so it was easy to go to his class and learn from him.
I worked at the Southlake and Grayslake campuses as a Student Ambassador for two years. It was a good experience for me to move out of my comfort zone and open up to others. At New Student Orientations I got to show the campus to new students and talk about all the possibilities at CLC.
I was involved in the Criminal Justice Club. I also was an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and I was involved in the Engineering Club, where we worked on many interesting projects like making robots and a weather balloon. I made a lot of friends there, so it was like hanging out.
I want to join the Army or Navy, then eventually work in a crime lab for some big agency like the FBI. I will have to get a master’s in biochemistry and maybe one in forensic science.
I liked the diversity in my classes because I got to hear the opinions of those who were older. Especially in humanities classes, it’s interesting how conversation goes when we’re debating and sharing thoughts.
A lot of students don’t realize how good CLC is until they get here. In high school, a lot of kids are focused on going away to school and they don’t appreciate a community college. When I came here, I learned how great the experience can be if you put effort into your school work.
“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.”
“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 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.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“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.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“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.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“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.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“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.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“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.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
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