Student Spotlight: Rebecca McGreevy
Major: Respiratory Care
Family plays an important role in Rebecca McGreevy’s life and career.
For example, she became interested in respiratory care because of her children.
“My first child was born through meconium-stained amniotic fluid. My second child suffered Respiratory Syncytial Virus twice, and I nearly lost him,” she said.
McGreevy put her education on hold to care for her family. Then she decided to return to college alongside her children, which wasn’t an easy task.
“The stress of supporting their endeavors, pursuing your own dreams and maintaining a family unit was tedious!” she said. “My children and boyfriend stepped up to the plate. They helped me study, proofed essays and motivated me during stressful times. If it were not for their support and admitted admiration of my goals, I don’t know that I would have taken the steps necessary to fulfill my goals.”
She selected College of DuPage to help her reach those goals, and she earned her Associate in Applied Science degree with high honors in Respiratory Care Advance Practitioner.
“COD has a successful Respiratory Care Program with a low attrition rate, high NBRC pass rate percentages and an above-average positive placement percentage of recent graduates,” she said. “COD provided tutoring in the past which helped me obtain my goals and earn a seat in the Respiratory care program. Also, open lab hours and readily available instructors eager to help with any questions or concerns also helped. I had nothing but positive experiences with the professors and instructors from COD, several of whom I continue to reach out to.”
Also helping McGreevy were several scholarships from the College of DuPage Foundation: the Foundations Single Parent Scholarship and the Elizabeth Geyer Scholarship.
“The stress of paying for my tuition has been alleviated,” she said. “I needed a computer for studying and numerous supplies and textbooks, all of which were available to me due to these scholarships.”
After finishing her degree, McGreevy passed her CRT and RRT exams and now works at Alexian Brothers medical Center. Her advice to students interested in the Respiratory Care program is to maintain good grades while completing the general education curriculum requirements.
“Your hard work and good grades will help you secure a seat in the program. Both the Nursing and Respiratory Care programs are very competitive,” she said. “Also, reach out to the instructors and professors, because they truly want to see the students succeed.
“Returning to college helped me fulfill a dream I had as a child but was unable to pursue until later in life. Dreams can be delayed, but they should never be forgotten!”
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