Student Spotlight: Arvind Natarajan
Major: Computer and
After graduating from high school, Arvind Natarajan attended a four-year university. But it didn't feel right, and he wasn't sure about what degree to pursue. So he decided to make a change.
"I felt College of DuPage was the best place to discover my potential, that was inexpensive and offered limitless areas of interest," Natarajan said.
While at COD, he developed an interest in computers and earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Digital and Microprocessing Technology (now Computer and Internetworking Technologies). He then worked as a computer technician at COD before enrolling at Elmhurst College, where he obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Information Systems.
Shortly after, with help from supportive COD and Elmhurst College professors, Natarajan was admitted into the Master's of Science CIS program at Northwestern University. While in graduate school, he also worked as a research assistant for nearly two years at the Kellogg School of Management, covering IT and business.
"I always wanted to attend a prestigious school and would have never attempted it if it wasn't for professors I befriended along my academic career," he said. "The experience I gained made me a believer that anything is possible through hard work, perseverance and passion."
After graduating from Northwestern, Natarajan worked as a consultant at Accenture in the Enterprise Architecture practice and now works for a local company that was one of his previous clients.
He credits the foundations and relations developed at College of DuPage for helping him achieve his goals as well as nurture his other interests. While at COD, he was a member of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy club.
"COD has become a second home where I come to interact with students, faculty and old friends," he said. "I still keep in regular contact with several of my COD professors who have become both great friends and valued mentors.
"COD provided intangible value for my hard work and a path to achieve my dreams. My dream is to return to COD as an adjunct instructor and teach in the program that defined my passion. I want to inspire students who are lost or undecided as I once was and help them learn that COD can be their catalyst for achieving their dreams."
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