Student Spotlight: Lauren Carroll
Basketball is more than a game to Lauren Carroll. It keeps the Chaparral guard focused on academics—and the future.
“I don’t think I would have done so well in my classes if I wasn’t a part of the basketball team. Being on the team game me an incentive to get it done in the classroom, so you can be a part of the team.”
Although she played sports her whole life, Carroll wanted to concentrate on her studies when she enrolled at College of DuPage. After attending an open gym session and talking with the coach, Carroll decided to give collegiate basketball a shot.
“I think if I didn’t play, I would have regretted it. Although being a part of a college athletic team is very demanding, it helped me utilize my time wisely. Between going to classes, practices, games, and even working a couple days a week at Chaparral Fitness, I guess you could say I stayed pretty busy. I know that my time to work on my academics is limited due to my jam-packed schedule, so it helps me buckle down and get my work done when I need to.”
While at COD, Carroll worked on coursework that she needed to transfer. She is now attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
In addition, she has decided to end her basketball career.
“Sports will always be a part of my life, and I will continue to participate in recreational and intramural leagues for enjoyment,” she said. “I knew with the major I was going to be continuing on with, I would need to really commit myself to my academics. I thought if I had the commitments of being a collegiate athlete, then my academics would be comprised.”
Carroll is confident she made the right move coming to College of DuPage.
“The main reason I decided to come to COD was the affordability. I knew that COD would give me great opportunities. I also thought it would really help with the transition from high school to college,” she said.
“COD has helped me grow and become a better student. I've learned how to balance school, basketball and working when I can. Personally, I think I have become more independent. My advice to students who are considering COD would be that it’s a great place to start. You have to make the most of it. You get what you put into it. So I would encourage students to become involved in something.”
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