My journey at Elgin Community College has been an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve had my highs, and I’ve had my lows, but my biggest takeaway is that failure is not fatal. I spent multiple semesters on academic probation and even had a brief stint on academic suspension because of my grades. I failed time and time again, but I learned from those failures, which is why I was finally able to succeed.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, I will have earned my Associates in Arts degree. All the sleepless nights, stressful courses, blood, sweat, and tears will have finally paid off, and my time at ECC—this rollercoaster—will come to an end.
I will then move on to Northern Illinois University to pursue a degree in hospitality and tourism management. After NIU, I plan on starting my career as a general manager of a hotel with the hopes of one day owning one.
I will really miss Professor Bruessard, communication studies unit adjunct faculty, who supported me throughout my final semester at ECC, and with whom I connected over having a similar upbringing and having experienced similar heartbreak.
ECC changed my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. My time here has taught me the value of hard work and to keep striving even when it is difficult. I am a father of two beautiful girls named Madison and Khayla, ages 3 and 4, who have been my motivation to succeed, and for them, I will always keep striving.
~ Chris Young, Elgin