Student Spotlight: Hannah Boeger
Major: Teacher Preparation
After graduating from high school, Hannah Boeger was undecided about where to go and what to study.
Boeger, who is from Kansas City, attended a faith-based, gap-year program called Link Year in Branson, Mo.,through Kanakuk Ministries. At Link Year, she learned about who she was and made several close friends, a few fromChicago and one who was attending College of DuPage.
"It is really the solid friends I have in this area that brought me to COD," she said. "Since I am coming from another state, my perspective of COD is a lot different than some of the students who are from the area. It's literally one of the nicest community colleges in the country and it is such a blessing getting to attend it. I had no idea I would love this school so much! Why can’t it be a four-year school?"
Boeger began taking classes in fall 2012 and planned to earn an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. But as her self confidence grew, she began to think beyond her original goals.
"The professors have all been wonderful and truly care about your success," she said. "For example, nothing terrified me more than having to take a math class. But I was fortunate enough to land in Vicki Garringer’s 0481 class. She was so encouraging and gave me confidence in math -- something I never thought I would have. I’ve also been able to meet with an advisor, Professor Kenneth Gray, throughout my time here to make sure I’m staying on track. And that has been a huge help."
After earning her Associate in Arts degree in 2014, Boeger wants to pursue her bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in counseling. Although she has not selected a transfer school, she is excited about the career possibilities ahead of her.
"I love kids and have a heart for teaching and helping children gain confidence for their futures. I also love to listen to others and hear their unique stories. That’s why I also would love to be a counselor, either in a private practice or a school setting," she said. "I just want to help people, either as a teacher, counselor or wherever I end up."
Boeger considers College of DuPage the perfect first step for her college experience and encourages others to make the most of what COD offers.
"I’ve grown a lot as a person these past couple of years and made amazing memories and friendships," she said. "I had the opportunity to work for the COD football team as a manager and filmer with my roommate. It was such a cool experience. I loved getting to help out the team, learning about football for the first time in my life, and getting to travel to different places. The coaches were so encouraging to me and I'm so thankful for that experience.
"College of DuPage gave me a lot of educational confidence that made me want to go further in my education. I would have never wanted to work toward a master’s but now I do. COD has been a great first step and for completing general education classes without spending a huge amount of money."
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