Student Spotlight: Colin Kelliher
Colin Kelliher worked in his father’s dental offices during the summer while growing up.
When he enrolled at Boston College, Kelliher wanted to pursue both pre-dental and finance/marketing. But time constraints forced him to choose one goal, and he pursued a degree in the latter.
He worked as a finance and IT consultant for several years before deciding to apply to dental school. He came to College of DuPage in order to complete his prerequisites.
“When I first enrolled at COD, I was only concerned with finishing my prerequisites as fast as possible without really becoming involved in anything outside of my classes,” he said. “As I grew more comfortable at COD and got to know my teachers, opportunities began to present themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at COD and can’t speak highly enough of the dedicated professors in the science department, especially Professors Gary Roby and Richard Jarman.”
In 2016, Kelliher secured an internship at Northwestern University through College of DuPage’s Resource for Excellence program. He worked with the Materials Science and Engineering department on a project involving YBCMO powders.
“Although I worked in a lab in an academic setting for my classes at COD, the summer research internship gave me an opportunity to use the laboratory techniques and knowledge I learned at COD and apply them to help me succeed at Northwestern,” he said. “This internship was not only a great addition to my resume, but it also gave me real-world experience in a laboratory setting.”
Kelliher is now in his first year of dental school at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He recommends that students take full advantage of what College of DuPage offers and establish the proper mindset.
“I was quite hesitant returning to an academic setting after having been out of college for four years,” he said. “However, I found that the relatively small class sizes and excellent faculty made it a very smooth transition.”
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