Student Spotlight: Teso Coker

Teso Coker

Teso Coker
Major: Associate in Science

Teso Coker’s father wanted a better life for his children than what he had.

“My father and mother came to the U.S. before they met,” she said. “When it came time for college, my father was always telling me about the incredible possibilities that College of DuPage had to offer.”

In addition to pursuing her associate’s degree, Coker was a member of the COD tennis team and plays #1 singles. She won the regional meet in 2015 and advanced to the nationals in 2016.

“If anyone gets the chance, Coach Jim Bowers is amazing, and his instruction is great for any level of tennis player,” she said.

Between academics and athletics, Coker discovered at College of DuPage a school that provided her with what she needed.

“I want to become an environmental scientist, and COD laid down the guideline for my first degree,” she said. “I wanted to continue playing tennis when I left COD, so I learned a lot of time management. I also realized that there are many people at COD who are passionate about their profession. Generally, they have been in their field for a long time. Their experiences gave insight into my future as I planned my own short- and long-term goals.

“COD gave me a more personal education, and I felt prepared to take on these next couple of years at a four-year institution.”

Coker graduated with honors with her Associate in Science degree and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is majoring in conservation and environmental science. She also joined a club tennis team. Her goal is to continue with graduate school and is applying to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

She would advise any student considering College of DuPage to go for it.

“As you are figuring out what you want to accomplish, or if you already know what you want to accomplish, COD is a smart investment of your time,” she said. “There are always degrees, programs and other things that COD has to offer that will allow you to become a more valuable individual.”

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