Student Spotlight: Cendy Cruz
In sixth grade, Cendy Cruz’s mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
During the ordeal, Cruz realized that she wanted to work in health care and possibly become a doctor. While her mother is now doing fine, Cruz took that first step at College of DuPage, where she majored in Biology.
“I chose College of DuPage because it’s where I wanted to begin my journey to success in life,” she said. “I knew that COD would be the best fit for my education and budget.”
Cruz received the Freshman Scholarship through the COD Foundation. It strengthened her determination to continue studying science.
“The scholarship helped me prepare for the future in a way that helps me continue my education, after which I can help the lives of many people,” she said.
Since graduating from COD with her Associate in Science degree, Cruz continues to follow her passion for a health- or medicine-related career. She finished her bachelor’s degree at North Central College and is now working as a teaching assistant at a local school district to determine if a career in occupational therapy is right for her. Having discovered that it is, Cruz is applying to graduate school in order to study OT.
She is thankful to College of DuPage for helping her get started toward her goals.
“At COD, I had great professors who were willing to help me as well as others. In Calculus, I met with the professor to make sure I was doing the best I could,” she said. “In life, we have to sacrifice something to reach our ultimate goal. I am happy that I can go to college and have the opportunity to reach my goals.”
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