Student Spotlight: Mike Andruska
Mike Andruska had a difficult time choosing just one area of science to pursue.
College of DuPage gave him the opportunity to search for the right fit, which led him to discover a strong interest in engineering, math and computer science.
"While I had taken physics in high school, I was not particularly interested in physics until I took it at the college level," he said. "College-level physics enabled me to examine principles I once understood only briefly in greater depth and detail and increased my appreciation for its effects on all aspects of life. True fascination with physics comes when you start seeing how it affects just about everything you do in your daily life."
In particular, Andruska enjoyed studying electricity and magnetism. He plans to transfer and earn a degree in electrical engineering and/or computer science. He then would like to earn graduate-level degrees, knowing this is necessary if he wants to be at the forefront of developing new technology.
During the summer of 2013, he will gain invaluable experience working as an intern at Argonne National Laboratories in the Environmental Sciences Division.
"I will have the opportunity to work with meteorologists who are developing digital visualization software for cloud analysis with the goal of better understanding the atmospheric processes which govern climate change," he said.
Andruska's experiences at College of DuPage are preparing him for future success. In addition to relieving the financial burden of attending college, he knows his math and science courses will transfer to a top-level four-year institution like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Attending COD has been great because there is a lot more personalized attention here than at other schools," he said. "The math and engineering departments have some truly great professors who have given me greater insight on the process of education itself. While I know I could be taking many of the classes I am taking right now at a four-year school, I am actually learning the material just as well in my COD classes, if not even better.
"While it may sound rather simple, I realize that education is education and knowledge is knowledge. Being truly great at something means that you need to have a strong knowledge base in that area. While the value of the final degree itself is unquestionable, the knowledge that you have in that field is what increases your ability to be great in a future career. Therefore, I believe COD is helping me build the strongest foundation I could possibly hope for before I transfer to a four-year institution."
2012 College of DuPage