Since arriving in the U.S. from Taiwan nearly 20 years ago, Graphic Design Laboratory Assistant Jenny Chen has worked at only one place: College of DuPage.
Chen first joined COD as a student worker in 2001 and has worked in a variety of roles with the Graphic Design program. What kept her at the College is the support she has received from colleagues, the opportunity to work closely with students and the ability to focus on an industry about which she is passionate.
"Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to be an artist," Chen said. "Working in the Graphic Design department gives me a bit of a chance to live my dream and it lets me help graphic design students learn how to do this form of art. The people at COD have also always been so kind and helpful, so I love it here."
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chen was selected to help with tasks in other COD departments, an experience that has turned out to be both enjoyable and beneficial. She said her time in COD’s Marketing and Communications department specifically has offered insight into ways she can improve graphic design students’ experiences at the College.
"It’s been eye-opening. For most of my time at COD, I’ve focused so much on just graphic design equipment and things of that nature. Since I’ve been working in marketing, I’ve found that the College has so many events and opportunities for students to explore. I now plan on bringing this information back to the Graphic Design department. That’s been my favorite part of the past year."
Chen is looking forward to returning to campus and interacting face-to-face with students.
"I miss the students so much. I can’t wait to be with them and share everything that I’ve learned so I can help them take their next steps at COD."