Student Spotlight: Richard Sauer
Richard Sauer’s family moved from Germany to the U.S. due to his father’s work assignment. The relocation allowed Sauer and his sister to learn English and become integrated into American culture.
A few weeks before graduating from Hinsdale South High School, Sauer found out about College of DuPage from his counselor, who spoke about the school’s high quality and affordable cost.
“My dad managed to get a one-year extension to his work contract so that my little sister could finish up high school. So I figured I might as well start college over here,” he said. “In my personal opinion, COD is the PERFECT place to start for any college freshmen, simply because it is very affordable, the quality of the campus and classes is fantastic, and you have at least a two-year time period to take the classes that need to be taken, which also gives you a chance to figure out what the end goal will be.
“The amount of options COD offers to grow as a person is incredible – all the different programs, clubs and especially the chance to interact and get to know the professors are big pluses because they can give you hints, ideas and tips on what may be best for you.”
Sauer initially was interested in marine biology. Although he visited two schools in Florida, he transferred to the University of South Dakota, where he finished his bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Sports Management with a specialization in Exercise Science. He interned at Dakota Spirit, an elite cheerleading club in Sioux Falls, where he coached tumbling and gives private lessons as well as leading a strength and conditioning class for the athletes.
He was accepted to graduate school at USD and completed a master’s degree in Sports Management. He plans to continue coaching cheerleading and teaching fitness classes while working with a variety of platforms and equipment, such as CrossFit, in order to learn as much as possible so he can open his own training/fitness facility in the future.
Sauer considers College of DuPage a smart choice for any student going to college.
“Gen ed classes have to be taken anyway, and many students don’t know by pinpoint accuracy what field they want to go into right after high school,” he said. “If you start off at COD, you save a lot of money, get incredible help and advice, and have enough time to determine what will be next.
“Anyone who wants to accomplish something, don’t think about it too long because the opportunity of a lifetime may only be there once. If you have trouble with grades, classes or making future college decisions and things don’t seem to pan out for you, don’t make an excuse to quit, make an excuse to push through and find a way. In other words, don’t make excuses, make adjustments.”
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