Student Spotlight: Sarah Volle

Student Spotlight: Sarah Volle

Sarah Volle

Major: Biology

During her senior year in high school, Sarah Volle set a goal to finish her first four years of college debt-free.

“I like to go for the sure bet, and no other college compares to College of DuPage in affordability and quality of education,” she said.

Being named a Presidential Scholar, which provides full tuition to high-achieving students, not only solved part of her financial puzzle but also helped Volle stay on track.

“One of the requirements of the scholarship was being part of the Honors program,” she said. “Participating in the Honors program was a fantastic experience in itself and also opened the door to transferring. The Presidential Scholarship also required service learning hours. I served at the DuPage Care Center, which was wonderful because it allowed me to see more of the day-to-day life of the residents.”

At COD, Volle studied biology and anatomy in preparation of a career in medicine. This also fueled her desire to be smart about her finances because, in addition to saving for medical school, she wants to pursue medical missions work once her student loans are paid.

Volle earned her Associate in Science degree and graduated with highest honors. She also received the Elmhurst College Transfer Scholarship, a full-tuition award presented annually to one COD student. She is now studying biology with a minor in biochemistry, and her goal is to become a general practitioner, although she is considering going into surgery.

As for College of DuPage, Volle hopes more people see the value in attending a community college.

“For students who live in the DuPage area, COD is a no brainer,” she said. “COD prepared me well for my next college. The science and math instruction I received was phenomenal. The chemistry labs are run like commercial labs, forcing students to meet the standards that may be required of them in the future. These aspects of COD helped move me closer to my goal of getting an undergraduate degree in biology. While at COD, I also was able to participate in the cross country and track and field programs, through which I got to work toward some of my athletic goals. 

“For students considering COD, do it! Save some money and get a great education. It is vital to join a club or sports team, because finding people with similar interests can make COD a lot of fun. Don’t be the person who goes to class and goes home. Also, see a counselor. You only need 64 credits to graduate, but only if you pick the right 64 credits.”

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