Student Spotlight: Ryan VanDusen

Ryan VanDusen

Ryan VanDusen
Major: Engineering

While Ryan VanDusen admits there's a lot more to learn about his chosen field of study, the Engineering student is definitely on the right track.

During his first year at College of DuPage, VanDusen entered Pathways to Engineering at Illinois, a rigorous 2+2 program that provides guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois' highly competitive College of Engineering. He heads there in fall 2013 and said COD has prepared him for the next two years.

"The academic experience at COD is tough, but I've enjoyed it. My teachers, and especially the engineering program, are very good," said VanDusen, who credits his Engineering professor, David Smith, with helping him manage the pressures that come with college life. "The first year I was really stressed on and off. I never really had to study until I came here, and Dave helped me a lot with that. He's just really mellow and tells you like it is."

The COD Presidential Scholar plans to major in Agricultural Engineering, land a job with John Deere or Caterpillar, and specialize in equipment design. VanDusen said he's ready for the challenges ahead.

"COD is a nice pathway, maturing-wise. Between the ages of 18 and 20, that's a big difference," he said. "I'm definitely glad I made this choice."

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