Student Spotlight: Olivia Martin

Olivia Martin

Olivia Martin
Major: Biology

Olivia Martin applied to 10 schools her senior year at Naperville Central High School, leaving her with a lot of options.

“I decided to come to College of DuPage because I received the Presidential Scholarship, which totally outweighed any other scholarship a school could give me,” she said. “COD was a really good choice. I pushed myself all the same to try new things and to just discover what I like more and what I can perform better in.”

Eager to get started, Martin took her first class, Leadership Humanities 2010, right after high school graduation.

“I met people who were already leaders on campus, and that inspired me to do the Living Leadership program, and then through that I met a lot of different people, good friends, at the first retreat I attended in 2011. I guess I found my niche at COD, and I knew I wanted to get involved.”

Martin also participated in Model UN, was a French Club officer and served as a student trustee on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.

“It’s been really the greatest learning experience I've had so far through my young adult life. I learned a lot about myself and how to conduct myself, especially when I'm proposing different ideas,” she said.

In 2013, Martin earned her Associate in Science degree and transferred to Knox College.

“I feel confident in how I performed at College of DuPage and how I will continue to perform at Knox,” she said. “I have experience, I’m more prepared and I'm just really ready to take the extra challenge of being away, of being more on my own.”

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