Student Spotlight: Basia Reed

Basia Reed

Basia Reed
Major: Biology

At age 8, Basia Reed already had a clear picture of her future. She developed a love of animals while growing up with her family’s pets – which included cats, one dog and two ferrets – and she wanted to dedicate herself to improving the lives of people’s pets.

“In fourth grade, my teacher knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, so she gave me a home veterinary book for cats,” she said. “It was pretty thick with lots of information, but I read the whole thing cover to cover.”

As a senior at Glenbard East High School, Reed heard about the Scholars Award program at College of DuPage through Glenbard’s financial aid counselor. She knew her outstanding academic record gave her a strong chance at being selected for the full-ride Presidential Scholarship. More importantly, Reed realized the value of attending College of DuPage and how it could fit into her career goals.

“I want to be a veterinarian, and I know it will take eight years of college,” said the Lombard resident. “My parents know that I'm going to have a lot of college ahead of me, so we had to save money. By coming to COD, I could complete all of my gen ed requirements and then transfer to my next school debt-free.”

After earning her Associate in Science degree in 2013, Reed transferred to North Central College, where she is earning her bachelor’s degree. She has also made the dean’s list every term and is maintaining a 3.99 GPA. Reed then would like to enter the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

She said her COD experience is definitely making the next steps easier.

“College of DuPage provided a high quality education, and people are there because they want to be,” she said. “I’m not going to make any scheduling or class mistakes because I now get how college classes work. I’ve learned how to do the whole college thing, and I’ve done it at COD. I’m saving money in the long run, and I was really impressed with COD.”

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