I feel welcome at CLC, and it’s awesome to look around campus and see students from different backgrounds finding things in common and building friendships.There’s a nice variety of ages, too—from recent high school graduates to people over 50. It’s inspiring to see adult students have the courage to make a big career change, and the first step is coming to CLC.
One of CLC’s best benefits is the smaller class sizes. I’m not just a face in the crowd, and the professors know my name. Plus, the college is an economical place to complete your general education courses. In your first two years, you can learn the same curriculum as a four-year college, but for a much lower tuition.
I really like the new additions to the Grayslake Campus. The Café Willow is modern, and I like its location in the middle of the campus, with a pretty view of Willow Lake.The Physical Education Center, where I play competitive volleyball, has a new gym floor and the front lobby has a welcoming look.
One of my favorite courses was Mythology and Fairy Tales, an English course. I like how we can take Greek mythology, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and other stories that people told hundreds or thousands of years ago, and see how the lessons ring true today. In a financial accounting course, the instructor was very approachable and used real-life examples, such as BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and how it affected the company’s inventories and accounting practices.The business professors bring real-world experience to the classroom.
Playing on the CLC volleyball team allowed me to make new friends. In sports, you learn to work in cooperation with others.Our team traveled by van to away games, and we did lots of bonding. As it turned out, some of my closest friends have been former rivals from other leagues I’ve played in.
Originally, I thought of becoming a graphic designer, but an introductory business course really piqued my interest in the business world. My career goal is to work a project manager or middle manager.