Student Spotlight: Erin Blair
Erin Blair wasn't happy with her experience at a four-year university and made the switch to College of DuPage.
"COD is much closer to home than the school I attended previously and had classes that fit well in my schedule," she said. "Not only are there more sections of each class, but the classes are also offered at multiple times of day. Balancing a job and school, this variety of choice in my classes was great."
Blair finish her coursework at COD in 2011 and transfer to Benedictine University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology and plans to graduate in 2013. After that, she would like to earn a master's degree in clinical psychology and then work as a school psychologist or in family psychology.
"I like the idea of being able to help people and think psychology is a good way to do that," she said.
Blair believes COD was the best choice she could have made in starting toward achieving this goal.
"They say COD is the 'Value of a Lifetime' and I would wholeheartedly agree," Blair said. "I was paying thousands of dollars a year to go to a four-year school that prided itself on small class sizes, teachers who knew your name and a sense of community. I didn't have any of those things until I came to COD, and it was a fraction of the price. The teachers are invested in helping you achieve and the classes I took were small and personalized, not in a lecture hall or taught by a teacher's aide.
"I know I received a quality education that served me well when I transferred to Benedictine. But it wasn't easy leaving COD behind!"