My time at Elgin Community College has been nothing short of amazing. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had a negative experience in high school, and I didn’t think that I wanted to go to college, but I knew I had to do something for my future. I enrolled at ECC in the spring of 2016 and took the last tour available for that semester. I registered and decided to take only one course…just to see what college was all about. I took Professor Trost’s Introduction to Criminal Justice class and it was a great experience; my interest for law enforcement grew, and I knew this was the career I wanted to pursue.
That is why I chose to be a criminal justice major. This December, I will earn my Associate of Applied Science degree and will begin testing for police departments. I have learned a lot from my criminal justice professors—even more than I thought I would.
I loved going to Professor Trost’s classes. He showed me how morals come into play in public safety and would share his experiences in the field with us. Professor Ramljak showed me that sacrifice is everything…doing what others won’t sets you apart from the rest. The short videos he showed us at the beginning of every class were motivating. Professor Cyzen was one of the most charismatic, humble, and professional instructors I’ve met. He gave me an idea of what to expect in a real-life police work environment and was always engaging the class. All of my professors have been phenomenal, and my time at ECC has encouraged me to continue learning.
ECC does not get the praise it deserves. Everyone at this school makes it very clear they want students to succeed. With hard work, dedication, and the support of this school and its faculty, you can achieve your goals. I would absolutely recommend ECC to anyone who is unsure of what they want to do in life, or those who want a more economical route toward their degree.
My advice to future students is that it is okay to not know what you want to do for a career. It is okay to come back to school later in life. You have nothing to lose when you invest in your education. I could not be more proud to say that I will have graduated from ECC and that I represent what is possible here.
~ Fernando Camacho, Elgin