Student: Tobi Abawonse
Major: Information Technology Systems
Marty: When did you start at Joliet Junior College and what are you doing after?
Tobi: I first started at JJC in August 2014 and I am transferring to DePaul in the Fall where I will be completing my Bachelor’s degree.
Marty: How was your total experience and impression of JJC as a student?
Tobi: First of all, I’d like to say that Joliet Junior College has a great program, but even more than that, the professors here are very dedicated to our success. I found it really helpful that professors were very knowledgeable and explained the topics very clearly. Overall the people here are very welcoming and friendly, which was very important to me as an international student.
Marty: What extracurricular programs here at JJC did you find valuable?
Tobi: Well, I have been a member of the International Student Club here since I started, which is a great place to find friends. What is nice about JJC is that there are so many student clubs, so you can find a club of your interest. Also, the International Student Club organizes a lot of activities off campus, such as ski trips and an excursion to Starved Rock this semester, and also trips to sport events. That is nice for international students who might not know about these places or have a way to go there on their own. It also helps teach us about the American culture and meeting friends.
Marty: What resources at JJC have been helpful to you during your time here?
Tobi: I know that we have the Tutoring and Learning Center here, but for me personally, the Library, Office of International Student Services, and Admissions have been the most helpful. The library has been helpful because it has provided me a nice and quiet study area where I can concentrate. And when I have been doing research, the librarians have always been eager to help me. The International Student Services Office and Admissions Office have been a helpful resource to help me with issues related to being an international student.
Marty: What are you going to miss the most about JJC?
Tobi: Free food! (Laughing) I am serious, I am going to miss the free food and all the fun activities that the Office of Student Activities organizes. It has honestly been so much fun being at school participating in these event…and eating the food! But I am also going to miss the genuinely friendly and helpful community here!