Student Spotlight: Esnelia Vargas
Major: Speech Language
Esnelia Vargas has worked for many years as an interpreter for early intervention with speech language pathologists, building a bridge between therapists and Hispanic children and their families.
However, over time Vargas realized she wanted to be the therapist working with clients.
“I knew I needed to go back to school and become a bilingual therapist,” she said. “College of DuPage is one of the only area colleges with an accredited Speech Language Pathology Assistant program and the reputation amongst professionals in the Early Intervention field was excellent. The program is set up to meet the needs of the state licensure and the College has great resources that helped me be successful as I finished my degree. Being placed in a clinical setting that is hiring has met all goals educational and personal.”
As a working wife and mother of three boys, Vargas faced many challenges attending classes, including being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013 and inflammatory arthritis in 2015. Still, she wanted to finish her degree, and in 2016 was named an Outstanding Graduate finalist at COD.
Having earned her associate’s degree, Vargas is continuing her education. She finished her bachelor’s degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at St. Xavier University, where she received the PTK scholarship. She is now in the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program at St. Xavier in order to become a supervising speech language pathologist and currently works as an SLPA for Early Intervention.
Vargas is happy with what she received at College of DuPage and encourages others to attend.
“The education and experience that I received at COD in the SLPA program was invaluable in completing my undergraduate and applying for my master’s program,” she said. “Take advantage of all the resources on campus, they are free and will only help you. It is never too late to go back to school and follow your dream. If there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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