Student Spotlight: Virginia Watson
Virginia Watson is a late bloomer when it comes to college, and she found exactly what she wanted at College of DuPage.
“I’ve worked 30 years as a legal secretary and was able to take no more than two classes a semester,” she said. “I knew that COD would provide me with a challenging curriculum, employ only educated and qualified professors, and maintain a strong name in the field of education.
“As a student at COD, I am enjoying the person that I am becoming. I benefit from my peers, in-class participation, my professors, and the knowledge that I am receiving. It’s priceless. Also, I am confident that I am on the right track and will be well-equipped to pursue my new career in serving others.”
While at College of DuPage, Watson received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and was recognized at the annual breakfast co-hosted by College of DuPage and Benedictine University.
“I applied for the scholarship with a positive attitude and detached from the outcome,” she said. “I was at the office when I received the call that I was one of the recipients. At first, I began to laugh hysterically, then I began to cry. I was so happy that after 30 years, I was finally pursuing my education and was being rewarded for my hard work.”
Watson is studying psychology and plans to earn her associate’s degree. In 2015, she was selected through Envision for a study abroad program, traveling to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. As a delegate in Medicine and Science, she visited various hospitals, medical centers, clinics and universities to learn how medicine is practiced in China and Hong Kong.
Although working and going to school isn’t easy, Watson is proud of her 3.8 GPA. Math is a difficult subject, but she relies on a quote from Joseph Campbell to provide strength: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
“If you are properly taught, you can succeed in it,” she said. “What was fearful is now giving me joy and excitement. I like a challenge and I want to be the best at whatever subject I take.”
Watson plans to enroll at DePaul University and pursue a degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences. She considers College of DuPage one of the best two-year colleges in Illinois and encourages others to enroll.
“The curriculum is demanding and a challenge, but nothing in life worth having is easy,” she said. “You will earn every grade. By doing so, you will receive the best education and will be confident and qualified to practice the discipline that you're working so hard to attain.
“Hold the vision and stay the course. You will reap if you do not tire out.”
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