To the Editor:
During my final year of high school at St. Charles East, everyone encouraged me to attend Elgin Community College because it was affordable and an excellent route. Within a few weeks into my first semester, I knew they were right and that I had made a great decision.
I immediately felt connected to the student body thanks to Student Life. I have had the honor of meeting a variety of people through campus activism and have built a strong network. I also took advantage of ECC’s academic variations with professors who are ready to challenge their students intellectually. This has helped me grow profoundly, and I now feel completely prepared to continue my education at a four-year institution.
As a full-time student, I worked over 20 hours per week, and as a student leader, time management and discipline became more important to me. I thought I knew how to manage my time, until I was loaded with class assignments, clubs duties and work responsibilities. During my last semester at ECC, I learned to value every minute I am given. There are 24 hours in a day, and some use those hours more wisely than others. Thankfully, ECC has demonstrated to me how much can be done with that time, and I truly believe I will use my time wisely from here on out.
I encourage all graduating seniors to attend ECC and become involved with the community. The academics are challenging and prepare you for the future. Student Life is inviting and fun, and everyone on campus is rooting for you! ECC strives to see its students succeed.