Student Spotlight: Joe Vitone
Joe Vitone understands the invaluable discipline of analytical and logical thinking. It's these skills he plans to apply to a career in economics, and it's these same skills he already used in selecting College of DuPage.
"A key way that I make decisions is to weigh costs with the benefits associated with them. As a result, it was in my best interest to go to College of DuPage," he said. "In addition to that, I would like to spend as little time in a dorm as possible, which just made the decision that much easier."
Vitone also was named a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
"Receiving the scholarship provided a good incentive to aim for academic excellence," he said. "It also is a good example of the generosity of all the contributors who make these scholarships possible. There is a lot of good in society despite the image that is usually portrayed."
Vitone was interested in history and political science growing up, and economics is a discipline that complements both of these subjects. He likes the fact that economics is not just a mathematical or business discipline.
In addition to transferring to Purdue University to earn a bachelor's in Economics, he wants to learn applicable skills for the workplace, such as problem solving strategies, analytical strategies and critical thinking. Vitone actually credits his first boss for providing invaluable skills that aren't taught in the classroom.
"I learned things like professional interaction, real responsibility, which has consequences for another individual's livelihood, and real-life problem-solving skills," he said. "My boss gave me the opportunity to polish all of these skills and taught me business practices along the way. I feel that I am much more prepared for the real world, and for that I will always be grateful for the guidance and opportunities my first employer gave to me."
Vitone credits College of DuPage for providing a cost-effective way to earn his general education credits while gaining other skills.
"There are countless networking opportunities which are beneficial for all aspects of life. The communication and social skills that people can acquire from the forensics program at COD are useful in any career field," he said. "My main advice to students thinking of attending COD is to have a good game plan when you enter, and have your classes lined up for transfer. Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and gain valuable skills. Give 100 percent in everything that you do, and it will pay off."
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