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Degree or certificate program: A.A. in business administration; planning to graduate in 2017 and transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in business.

Hometown: Rheinberg, Germany.

Now living in: Vernon Hills, Ill.

Interests and hobbies: Working out; exploring the local forest preserves; reading business articles; speaking German, French and English.

Angelo Schulz

I’m super thrilled about the chance to study in the U.S. because it’s a great country. It was an adventure to leave home and attend college in America, but it was worth the risk. The people are nice here, and there are many opportunities. Since I enrolled at CLC in 2015, I have achieved so much, succeeding in my CLC courses, working part time and making new friends.

At a college fair in Germany, I met a representative from CLC who explained how a community college is more affordable than a four-year college or university. It’s a great place to start, especially if you have not yet decided on a major. CLC offers a high-quality education for a low tuition price, and the college offers many scholarships, too. When I found out that I had been awarded a Susan Smith scholarship, I felt honored.

One CLC course that really helped me is English Composition I. The instructor understood the students’ challenges and talked to us as friends. He gave students writing tasks that helped us improve our thinking process and structure our essays.

I’ve also enjoyed a macro economics class, in which we analyzed how economies function and to what extent economic data influences the decision-making process of economists.

Besides the professors, the free tutoring in the Math and Writing Center is also very helpful. When I wrote a paper on the stock market, a writing tutor helped me further explore my ideas. I’ve also received help from an accounting tutor, and there are tutors for chemistry, biology and physics, too.

Outside of classes, I have grown through part-time work and by getting involved in campus clubs. Working as a student ambassador, I give tours for new and prospective students. It’s been amazing to see how the job has helped me improve my communication and presentation skills. Also, being a social media marketing intern at the Small Business and Development Center has given me valuable, practical experience.

I’ve made new friends through the Business Club and the International Students Club, and seeing my friendship circles spread has given me great joy.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, I would like to stay in the U.S. and work in the stock market or in the financial sector because I’m fascinated with economics. On the subject of career planning, I agree with Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, Inc., who said: “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”