Student Spotlight: Oscar and Javier Gallegos
Javier (left) and Oscar Gallegos
Major: Education/Math and English
Hometown: Villa Park
Twins Oscar and Javier Gallegos are following similar paths at College of DuPage.
Oscar would like to be an English or an English Language Learners high school teacher, while Javier would like to teach high school math. Both chose College of DuPage for its location and cost.
"My uncle also was here a long time ago, so I decided to follow his footsteps," Javier added.
"The Education courses here are not as expensive as at other colleges and universities, so I'm taking as many of them as I can before transferring," Oscar explained.
In 2011, both Oscar and Javier received the Tom Galloway Memorial Scholarship from the College of DuPage Foundation, which provided funds for books and/or tuition. In 2012, the two received additional Foundation scholarships -- Oscar earned the Michael Ries Alumni Scholarship, while Javier earned the S.C. Reed Scholarship.
"Without financial aid, I wouldn't be this happy about college or school," Javier said. "My reward is doing well in classes without worrying about money. We are very thankful for these scholarships."
They are also taking advantage of opportunities at COD, such as volunteering in the writing, reading and speech areas of the Learning Commons. In 2012, they were inducted into Alpha Mu Gamma, the language honors society at COD, and they are serving as co-presidents of the organization. They also were invited to attend and speak at the Villa Park and Lombard Community Night hosted by the College that included leaders and educators from both communities.
"We were able to discuss the College and meet important people, including the president of College of DuPage, Dr. Robert L. Breuder," Oscar said.
Oscar and Javier will earn their associate degrees in fall 2012 and transfer to Elmhurst College for their bachelor's degrees. And College of DuPage is helping them achieve their goals.
"COD has several teachers who have impacted my life in a positive way by encouraging and challenging me," Javier said. "We will both miss COD."
"I want to teach English to non-English speakers, and I'm especially thankful for the help I received from the scholarship," Oscar said. "I really appreciate it and I'll remember this for the rest of my life. I'm very proud to be a member of a community that cares so much about its students. I look forward to being a more active member in this community."