Student Spotlight: Meghan Thome
Major: Graphic Design
Meghan Thome earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois, and she expected to spend her career in the classroom.
However, although she taught fourth grade for three years, Thome realized she could no longer ignore her passion.
“I’ve always had this creative side of me. It was finally time to do something about it,” she said.
Thome immersed herself in the Graphic Design program, and the results have more than justified her decision. During the 2013 Portfolio Night, when Graphic Design students display what they have created in class, she received both the Best Portfolio and Outstanding Graphic Design Student awards.
In addition, Thome also worked in the Graphic Design department for Professor/Coordinator John Callegari. He encouraged her to become the Adobe Partners by Design student representative for the College, and she attended industry conferences in both San Francisco and Los Angeles where she networked with design professionals.
“John has been a mentor to me for two years and has pushed me so much,” she said. “He could see what needed to improve in my work and I can’t thank him enough for the opportunities he’s given to me.”
Named one of the College’s Outstanding Graduates in 2013, Thome enjoys her work as a graphic designer. She also would like to create children’s books one day and eventually may return to the classroom, this time helping college students develop their creative passions.
“I believe the path I took was for a reason,” she said. “College of DuPage is on par if not better than most four-year schools. Coming here was the best decision I ever made.”
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