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Graduate Essays - Katherine Castiglione: ECC opened new doors to my future

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A few ECC graduates share what this achievement means to them

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Published 05/13/2021
Katherine Castiglione, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.

Katherine Castiglione, Spring 2021 ECC Graduate.

Being a homeschooler through high school, Elgin Community College helped me smoothly transition to college. I was welcomed warmly to the campus, which gave me a true sense of belonging. I was given the true honor of being guided by excellent professors and faculty members who contributed to my overall success, including professors Parul Raval, Christina Marrocco, Christopher Newman, as well as history/political science tutor Lyndley St. John. These incredible ECC instructors have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my goals.

I also had the pleasure of starting an ECC chapter of EdRising, a national organization for future teachers, along with Deborah Hackbarth and my fellow education classmates. All these individuals helped me grow as a future educator. Being the club president, I was able to work collaboratively with the club members by creating engaging workshops for future educators and hosting community events. Because of this opportunity, I sharpened my leadership skills and expanded my knowledge in education.

Throughout my memorable journey at ECC, new doors have opened that have led to accomplishments – like being a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and being named to the President’s and Dean’s lists. While I will be transferring to National Louis University this fall, I still plan on staying connected to ECC as the college holds a special place in my heart.


Katherine Castiglione, Algonquin
Associate in Science


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