Student Spotlight: Luzelena Escamilla
Major: Associate in Arts
Luzelena Escamilla was initially against attending a community college because her friends were heading to four-year institutions.
Although her brother spoke proudly about his experience at College of DuPage, she was skeptical about enrolling. However, after making the decision, she decided to get involved, something she didn’t do in high school.
“A community college is sometimes thought of as the place where you just go to class and then leave campus, or it’s where you take prerequisites and transfer,” she said. “I want to change that mindset. I want people to understand that at College of DuPage there’s a sense of community. You can build friendships, and you meet people who want you to succeed. You can also get a sense of what you want to do in life without spending a lot of money.”
Escamilla served as the Outreach Coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa and worked in the Student Life office. In 2016, Escamilla was elected as the Student Trustee on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Omar, who served as Student Trustee from 2014 to 2015. She spoke with both her brother and Gloria Roark, the outgoing Student Trustee, to learn their perspectives about how to approach the position.
“They were so helpful on what to expect. Omar said to be open-minded and listen to everything,” she said. “I believe education is so important, and my ultimate goal in life is to make sure education is accessible for everyone. Because of this passion, I wanted to make sure students knew about all the opportunities that College of DuPage offers, and I wanted the Board to hear everything positive that our students did.”
Having earned her Associate in Arts with high honors, Escamilla received a scholarship to attend George Washington University, where she currently is majoring in Political Science. She also is a Finance and Operations intern at the Malala Fund and has interviewed girls for articles in both English and Spanish for the fund’s blog.
While she is still deciding upon a career, Escamilla would like it to involve higher education. She has even thought about becoming a community college president.
Being Student Trustee provided Escamilla with invaluable experience, as did College of DuPage.
“I loved the feel of the College and working with students,” she said. “When I transferred, I was prepared to take on anything.”
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