For nearly a decade, Communication Studies Adjunct Faculty member Meg Bucaro Wojtas has been empowering students to communicate more confidently and comfortably. She came to Elgin Community College in 2009 because, as an Elgin resident, she was well aware of the growth the college was experiencing at the time and wanted to be part of the excitement.
Early in her ECC teaching tenure, Bucaro Wojtas discovered that while she had a great many enthusiastic students in her classroom, she also had students who needed a little push.
“Our students come from very diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Many have overcome incredible challenges,” said Bucaro Wojtas. “The classroom is a great opportunity to prepare students for the world after college by understanding and respecting others who have different viewpoints and frames of reference other than their own.”
We caught up with Bucaro Wojtas to learn more about her life and her work at ECC. Here is what she had to say.
What is your greatest accomplishment since you’ve been here?
Witnessing students walk into my classroom on the first day of the semester–scared to present in front of an audience – who can confidently deliver an amazing speech for nine straight minutes by the end of the semester!
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
Create outdoor classrooms, especially for use in the spring and summer! I would also require a campus-wide, 30-minute “dance recess” because no one can be in a bad mood while dancing.
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
My first reaction to this question? I tend to think a movie about my life would be a tad drab. Wake up, work, go to my kid’s sporting events, go to bed, wake up, repeat. So, maybe Bill Murray? But my next thought is Sandra Bullock. She doesn’t seem to take her herself too seriously but is good at what she does.
What’s on your “bucket list?”
Author a book on how better communication skills help open doors, both personally and professionally. Then visit Italy and Spain with my husband and three children when the kids are old enough to appreciate the effort.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work (i.e., hobbies/interests)?
I love to run, read, spend time with friends, family, and cheer on the Chicago Bears, (even if it is during some of their worst seasons).
Where was the best place you’ve traveled? Or where would you like to visit?
I studied abroad in Spain in both undergraduate and graduate school. Living in Spain provided a bird’s eye view of a beautiful world outside of the United States. While I certainly appreciate our country, I have a very special place in my heart for España.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
In addition to teaching, I also run my own business where I help professionals up their game by improving their communication skills.
What would be your “theme song?”
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. It just gets me motivated every time I hear it.
What was your favorite class in school (could be elementary, high school, or college)?
It is a tie between public speaking and any of the public relations courses at Loras College.
What was your first job out of school?
I was an administrative assistant to the Marketing- North America, group for Grainger, Inc.
What quote best describes your philosophy?
Perfection is a myth, be you, do you, and don’t apologize for it.