Student Spotlight: Daniel Alonso
Major: Paralegal Studies
The professional side of Paralegal Studies attracted Daniel Alonso to the program.
"Paralegals develop a skills set that is extremely marketable in today's world. Another attractive feature is the professionalism that is acquired through a paralegal education," he said.
But it's the professors at College of DuPage who have provided Alonso with an exceptional educational experience.
"I have often asked myself why the professors in the Paralegal program go so much out of their way for us," he said. "I have come to the conclusion that they possess something many professors forget about today, which is to sincerely care about their students. They know what it takes to develop students into future professionals. Professors such as Sally Fairbank, Linda Jenkins and Capper Grant have all played an important and vital role in my education."
Alonso plans to graduate at the end of 2013 with his Associate in Applied Science degree while elsewhere pursuing a bachelor's in Pastoral Theology. He already secured a job at Heico Companies, which acts as the legal and financial support for more than 40 companies. Ultimately he would like to become a Christian pastor and believes his education as a paralegal will help him with the administrative aspect of the ministry.
While he may have selected College of DuPage for the same reasons that many others do -- affordability and location close to home -- Alonso would recommend the school to anyone.
"I can honestly say that COD exceeded my expectations. If I could go back in time, I wouldn't go anywhere else -- period," he said. "COD has led me to great opportunities such as landing an internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Rowley Law.
"My advice for future Paralegal students is this: Don't wait until you receive a Paralegal Studies degree or certificate to begin conducting yourself like a paralegal. Start now. Also, don't be intimidated to begin volunteering at law firms, legal clinics and similar places early on. It will help you get ahead and will help you expedite your job search when you graduate."
2012 College of DuPage