Two years ago, I would have never thought I’d be where I am today. A college education seemed unattainable because I didn’t have any money. It wasn’t until I applied to Elgin Community College and eventually through scholarships from the ECC Foundation and the Board of Trustees that I was able to attend ECC and now be so close to earning my associate degree.
I enrolled in the fall of 2017 and joined the Organization of Latin American Students, The Observer student newspaper and the women’s basketball team. I have consistently been challenged in my academics and have grown as a leader through my involvement.
During my time here I was able to figure out that my life’s passion is helping others, and I have decided to become a police officer. I will be applying to departments after I receive my bachelor’s degree from Columbia College of Missouri.
Even as the end nears, it all seems surreal. If it hadn’t been for ECC and the opportunities it has provided me, I wouldn’t be graduating debt-free and eager to face the world.
Luz Silva ‘19
Associate in Arts