Student Spotlight: Christine Polich
Christine Polich spent nearly 20 years working on the administration side of skilled nursing facilities and independent and assisted living communities, helping on the health care side when possible.
“The work of administration is important,” she explained. “However, I did not want to spend the majority of my time behind a door in an office. I enjoy the direct contact with people and seeing the difference I could make for those who need it. So I chose to become a nurse.”
While she began taking classes at College of DuPage in 2002, gaining additional knowledge related to her employment or exploring a topic of interest, Polich started working toward a major in 2011. She appreciates the affordability, variety and available resources at COD, but there's one more reason that’s most important to her.
“I hold a high regard for each instructor who I’ve had here at COD,” she said. “I have attended classes at Morton College, Triton College and Concordia University, and COD, for me, has the most dedicated and helpful instructors. In addition, COD has a wonderful atmosphere. The students on this campus are dedicated, conscientious, creative and fun to be around. That makes the difference in choosing a college, because we spend a great deal of time here. COD is the whole package.”
Polich also received two Foundation scholarships: The Jerry Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship and the COD Women’s Scholarship. This allowed her to apply more time to her studies without picking up additional hours at work.
“I met Betty Bradshaw, the donor of the Jerry Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship, at the scholarship reception,” she said. “She generously set up the scholarship in honor of her daughter. It meant the world to me to chat with her and let her know how appreciative I am to have received it. It felt great to show her the good use it is going to. I was also able to thank the COD Women’s Scholarship donors, trustees and committee members in person.”
Polich has earned her Nursing degree, passed her board exams and is now a home health nurse. She will finish her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Purdue University Calumet in September 2016 and, from there, would like to work in oncology and/or hospice.
She advises future nursing students to use their instructors, get involved in the Student Nurses Association and other organizations, and to have fun while learning.
“In the beginning, the program seems like it will take forever to finish, but once you get started it goes extremely quickly,” she said. “The classes prepared me to provide exceptional nursing care. Personally, COD has brought me together with some of the nicest people I will ever meet. The environment is conducive to learning and one of camaraderie. I liked being part of something bigger than myself.”
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