Student Spotlight - Elizabeth Fodor '19

Elizabeth Fodor ’19 spent most of high school trying to find a career direction and goal. Now, one month away from earning her associate degree at John Wood Community College, Elizabeth says she has found her path.

At a young age, she began learning to read music, which gave her an outlet to become involved in.

“My favorite part of music is how easy it is to express myself,” Elizabeth said. “Even though I was homeschooled, I was involved in my church’s youth choir and the Quincy Area Chorus.”

During her junior year of high school, Elizabeth began taking dual enrollment classes and singing in the JWCC choir and vocal show.

“I quickly became obsessed with college life after joining the choir,” Elizabeth said. “I even graduated a whole semester early, with my last semester consisting of a full load of college classes and homeschooling on the side.”

Since becoming a full-time student in 2017, Elizabeth has been an active member in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK); National Association for Music Education (NAfME), currently serving as treasurer; Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU); and Theater Guild.

“The hardest part of college, for me, isn’t the homework, late nights or music performances. It’s a psychological battle with my imposter syndrome,” Elizabeth said. “I struggled with my identity in high school because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. While my transition from high school to college was nearly seamless, I occasionally feel like someone’s going to tell me I don’t belong in college.”

“John Wood has forced me to explore my options when it comes to career paths and has shaped who I am as a person. Going to community college gave me the extra time I needed to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, which is invaluable to anybody at my age. It’s quite hysterical how John Wood’s slogan is ‘find your path’ because in high school, I didn’t have a clear path, and now I’ve found it.”

Elizabeth will graduate this spring with an associate degree and transfer to Concordia University Chicago where she will receive a full-ride scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s in communication.

“Receiving a full-ride scholarship was a come-to-Jesus moment for me,” Elizabeth said. “I told myself if I was meant to go to Concordia, I would get the scholarship. Although some may disagree, my essays were not the reason I received the scholarship; it was a gift from God.”

Elizabeth’s strong faith has had a large influence on her career path. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Elizabeth hopes to attend Concordia Seminary Fort Wayne to earn a master’s degree in theology and then pursue a Deaconess position at a Lutheran church in a metropolitan city.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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