Student Spotlight: Paige Chodur
Major: Hospitality Management
Paige Chodur was interested in psychology and social services when she began her school career.
“I realized people were very important to me, but I couldn’t stand to see people in distress constantly,” she said. “So I changed careers to public relations and began working in the food industry. I loved serving people and creating experiences to remember, but I wanted to do more. Finally, I discovered the hotel industry while I was living in Austin, Texas. The leadership that existed in the first hotel I worked in was so motivational that I wanted to move up the ranks with the company. I am still with the same company, and I chose this field because it fits my personality and I actually enjoy doing and learning my field of study.”
When she moved back to the Chicago area, Chodur wanted to finish her degree. She researched hospitality programs, looking for one that was convenient, affordable and reputable. College of DuPage was the school that made the most sense for her.
“COD is known for providing an outstanding hospitality program run with instructors who have worked in the industry,” she said. “Professor Mary Beth Leone is motivating, interesting and believes in what she teaches. She is not only our professor for many of our classes but also our guidance counselor for our career path. To be honest, I have minimum experience with other professors, but each one has been a great instructor and each has helped me progress as a hotelier and a person.”
Having earned her associate’s degree in Hospitality Management, Chodur is unsure if she will take advantage of the 3+1 program with Roosevelt University that will allow her to complete a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt without leaving the COD campus. She is currently the front desk manager at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Chicago Midway and is researching positions in the hotel industry that relate to sustainability and holding hotels accountable for their waste.
She encourages others to enroll in College of DuPage’s Hospitality Management program and offers specific suggestions when taking classes.
“Register as soon as you are able and make sure that financial aid is set in place,” she said. “There are a few particular Hospitality classes that are only offered either during the fall or spring semester and they fill up fast! Also, talk to the advisors before registering to get a good idea about which classes are best to take and when to take them. When it comes to instructors, many students will be with Mrs. Leone, so they are in good hands.”
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