Elgin Community College was not on the list of the colleges and universities I originally wanted to attend. Back in high school, I heard about community college stereotypes and remember wanting to be like the kids who planned to go to four-year universities. However, all of my siblings graduated from ECC: two nurses and one accountant. Karen, Leslie, and Diego introduced me to the college and I am very thankful that they did. Because of their great experiences, ECC ended up being my first choice.
ECC was not only my school, it was like a second home to me. I am the type of person that loves to be involved in the community and because of that, I tried to make my experience the best possible. During my first year, I became the fellowship officer for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and later became the president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), where I was able to do a lot for my college and my peers.
I’d like to thank all of my advisors, mentors, and professors for always pushing me to my limits and helping me get out of my comfort zone.
I love ECC because it is not only affordable, but it helps you grow as a leader and as a person. It prepares you for the real world and there are a lot of people and resources available to help and support you. The “one-on-one” relationships with my instructors is what I loved the most.
After graduating this May, I will be transferring to Aurora University in the fall where I will be majoring in social work with a minor in psychology. I cannot wait to help people, especially minorities who struggle with mental health issues, and give back to my community. I would not trade my experience at ECC for anything.
~ Priscilla Gonzalez, Elgin