I moved to Algonquin with my mom in 2015. At that point, I was a high school dropout with no motivation and a past I wasn’t proud of. So, I took moving as an opportunity to start over and make something of myself. Shortly after getting settled, I got a job, received my GED, and I began my journey at Elgin Community College.
College life is an incredibly unique experience that you can craft for yourself. ECC’s Paralegal Program changed my perspective on my future. It really solidified that this is what I want to do with my life: I want to work in the legal field. Laura Haske, assistant professor and instructional coordinator for the paralegal program, has been by my side throughout my journey at ECC. I’ve taken her classes every semester and she has taught and prepared me to be the best paralegal I can be.
This May, I will be graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies. I plan to attend the paralegal program or the criminal justice program at Loyola University, where I intend to learn more about the legal field.
I am so proud of the young woman I am today. ECC molded me into the student and hard worker that I always had the capability to be. While ECC helped me become the student I am today, I owe my new life to my mother. She pushed me through these last three years and she is the reason I am the woman I am today. She is my biggest fan as I am hers.
~ Michelle Kuzdzal, Algonquin