Student Spotlight: Madeleine Trinco

Student Spotlight: Madeleine Trinco

Madeleine Trinco
Major:Associate in Arts/

Associate in Science

Madeleine Trinco graduated early from high school and wanted a head-start on her college career.

She chose College of DuPage after being named a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

“The Presidential Scholarship helped me save for my transfer school and motivated me to keep my GPA up,” she said. “I had to take honors classes, and that alone pushed me to be a better student. I learned how to manage my time efficiently and I got to know myself as a student better.

“I also chose COD because I am currently the president of a statewide service organization called the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. This requires me to travel frequently around the state, and COD allowed me to pursue my future goals while also completing my obligations as president.”  

Her plan is to double major in History and Anthropology, the latter of which she discovered at College of DuPage.

“I have always loved history ever since grade school and want to learn as much as I can about our past so we can improve our future,” she said. “I was actually introduced to anthropology my second semester when I took Intro to Anthropology and my professor, Dr. Michael Dietz, really engaged me in class. Since then I have wanted to pursue it as a career.”

After earning both Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, Trinco is continuing her education and would like to obtain a master’s in History and a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Her ultimate goal is to work as a curator in a museum or attend law school.

She encourages anyone considering College of DuPage to enroll and try new things.

“In addition to being cost effective, COD has amazing professors,” she said. “You should also join clubs and try honors classes because they’re worth it. Join Phi Theta Kappa if you are given the opportunity. And always apply for scholarships.  

“Don’t treat COD as if it were high school part two. It’s a college and you have to push yourself to get the grades.”

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