Student Spotlight: Iman Khan
Major: Graphic Design
Iman Khan is close to her family. So when it came time to select a college, she knew she didn't want to travel too far from home.
"Despite the alluring qualities of large-campus universities, College of DuPage was the best place for me to get a good education while staying close to home and my family," she said. "From my sister, I learned that College of DuPage not only gives me the education I need, but is actually more challenging than many other universities. I am constantly being pushed to be my best and also have the opportunity to adventure past the limits of art and broaden my views of possible career paths."
Khan, who is studying Graphic Design, first realized she wanted to do something in the art field when she was a little girl.
"I loved to draw, to paint, and basically anything else creative," she said. "Because I do quite well with computers, I put two and two together and came up with the conclusion of going into Graphic Design."
Helping Khan pay for college is being a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
"I didn't really know I had the ability to be a Presidential Scholar. All I knew was that I answered a prompt about why I want the scholarship and ended up getting it," she said. "I want to use my Graphic Design degree to help change the world -- maybe not as drastically as my mind makes out to believe, but little by little. It all starts with the ability to get an education, and the scholarship I received is helping with that."
After earning her associate's degree at COD, she plans to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree. Khan would like to manage a graphic design company and instill hope in the next generation, letting them know that they can find happiness in the art around them.
She is thankful to College of DuPage for the great education she is receiving.
"It's not a walk in the park, which is wonderful for breaking the stereotypes of community colleges everywhere," she said. "You will get the same education at COD as you will any other university, and the plus will be that it is cheaper and you will be closer to home."
Because of her family, Khan has found the inspiration she needs to succeed. She's especially close to one of her uncles, who is constantly looking out for her.
"In the past, both of his knees have blown out and his right eye is close to blind, but he keeps on striving to look at every day in a new light," she said. "He's taught me to never give up and to keep doing what you love. He's sculpted me into becoming the artist that I am, though he doesn't know it, and I'm very grateful to have him in my life."
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