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Student Spotlight: Karelle Ilagan

Karelle Ilagan

Karelle Ilagan
Major: Associate in Arts
Hometown: Lombard

College of DuPage may have been the best option financially for Karelle Ilagan and her family, but what she discovered was invaluable.

"After high school, I thought I was ready to tackle the world and go to a university, but going to COD has taught me that I should take my time and make sure I know what I’m doing," she said.

Her original plan was to study Business Management, but after taking a few classes, she changed her mind. She's now pursuing Marketing Communications and plans to transfer to Columbia College in 2014 with a goal to work in the
fashion industry.

Ilagan's experience at College of DuPage extends beyond the classroom. She is a Student Ambassador, a New Student Orientation leader, on the Student Leadership Council and part of the Living Leadership program. She also works in the Library.

"All of these activities and clubs, and my job, help me in both my educational/career and personal goals," she said. "I’ve learned to become a better leader and better person overall. Each activity and my job have helped me with my communication skills, which are very important to any type of job."

Ilagan eventually would like to become the editor-in-chief of a well-known fashion magazine. She knows that College of DuPage was the smartest decision she made toward achieving this goal.

"Every day here has taught me something new, and I’ve met new people who have taught me things that classes don’t," she said. "I’m more than proud to be attending College of DuPage."

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