Over The Top – Jonathan Van Ness
Necessary People – Anna Pitoniak
Find Me – André Aciman (CMBYN sequel)
Would I Lie To You? The Amazing Power Of Being Honest In A World That Lies – Judi Ketteler
Fair Play – Eve Rodsky
Connect First: 52 Simple Ways To Ignite Success, Meaning, And Joy At Work – Melanie A. Katzman, PHD
Surrounded By Idiots: The Four Types Of Human Behavior + How To Effectively Communicate w/ Each In Business (And In Life) – Thomas Erikson
Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly – Jim DeRogatis **
X – Chuck Klosterman
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – Meik Wiking
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes + the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength + Endurance – Christopher McDougall
The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) – Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives – Gretchen Rubin
Power: Why Some People Have It –– And Others Don’t – Jeffrey Pfeffer
Flying Too Close To The Sun: Myths in Art From Classical to Contemporary – Phidon (art)
Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hooksup, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity – Peggy Orenstein
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
“Wait, I’m The Boss?!?”: The Essential Guide for New Managers to Succeed from Day 1 – Peter Economy
Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It – Gary Taubes
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir – Anna Wiener
Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body + the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life – Scott Grafton
The Longing for Less: Living w/ Minimalism – Kyle Chayka
No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us – Rachel Louise Snyder
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
Survivor: The Official Companion Book to the CBS TV Show – Mark Burnett w/ Martin Dugard
The Psychology of Survivor – Richard J. Gerrig, PhD
In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware (Kelly G. recommendation)
Link to original post: https://www.cod.edu/about/stories/students/clark.aspx
Degree: Associate in Arts
After finishing high school, Courtney Clark was ready for college but unsure of what to pursue.
“I felt that as a student at College of DuPage, I would be able to continue my education while exploring some different interests since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in right away,” she said. “I found out shortly later that I had received a Presidential Scholarship, which helped even further solidify my decision to attend.”
Being named a Presidential Scholar, an honor that includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD’s Honors program and induction into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, provided Clark with financial security while she focused on her studies. The opportunities she received at COD played key roles in her future plans.
“COD impacted my life in many ways, but the biggest lesson it taught me is that hard work really does pay off,” she said. “This knowledge, plus my ambitious spirit and encouraging professors and staff, led me to really thrive at COD both academically and in extracurriculars.
“COD also opened my eyes to the value of service. There was a required service component that accompanied the Presidential Scholars Award and I chose to volunteer at an afterschool program for kindergarteners. I enjoyed this experience so much that I taught kindergarten again after finishing school. Additionally, the Living Leadership Program helped me to identify my leadership style and valuable skills, which came in handy in both my studies and career.”
Her favorite memories came from her time at the Courier, COD’s student newspaper, where she worked as both the arts and entertainment editor and the graphics/social media editor. The experience influenced her career path.
“During my time at the Courier, I learned how to use programs such as Adobe InDesign to design my section of the paper, which I also wrote and edited. I managed freelance reporters and photographers. I gained valuable interview skills and became an expert on AP Style. I learned how to use WordPress to run the Courier website as well as post on their social media pages. I was also responsible for maintaining communication with the publisher so that each issue’s copies would be printed by the deadline,” she said. “Working for the Courier also allowed me to attend and cover on-campus events such as a talk by Ari Shapiro, NPR White House Correspondent.
“I left the Courier with both new and greatly improved skills and an extensive portfolio of my work. I can’t stress enough how greatly this prepared me for my next role as a managing editor as well as my current editing career.”
Clark was named one of COD’s Outstanding Graduate finalists and earned her Associate in Arts degree. She then transferred to University of Southern California as a Communication major and began writing for the Daily Trojan and Neon Tommy, the online student publication.
Due to a switch in major departments and institutional credit requirements, she transferred again to Roosevelt University as an English major and worked as a staff reporter and managing editor on the Roosevelt Torch. During her final semester, she wrote her thesis on John Steinbeck’s exploration of the “American dream” concept and completed a publishing internship at Featherproof books.
After graduating with Honors and a bachelor’s degree in English, Clark earned her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification at International TEFL Academy in Chicago and moved to Thailand, where she taught English to kindergarteners.
Clark currently works at Epsilon on the email creative team, where she is a copy editor and project manager for several clients including the NFL, Dell, Seasons 52 and TaxSlayer. She recently led a Women in Leadership seminar and attended a two-day creative coding summit held at Epsilon’s Chicago office.
“I’ve always wanted to work in book publishing in New York one day and I plan to continue pursuing that dream,” she said. “In anything I do and any position I hold, my goals are to always find new challenges, improve my existing abilities and grow new skills while really making a difference and leaving an impact somewhere.”
She recommends students take advantage of College of DuPage’s affordable, high-quality education and the opportunity to explore interests, save money and gain valuable experience and connections. Clark also urges students to get involved.
“I observed many of my peers commute to and from class without discovering anything else COD has to offer, while I immersed myself in COD’s Student Life programs (Courier, Living Leadership Program, Student Ambassadors, Model UN and the French Club) and got to be part of an incredibly vibrant community. Another plus of getting involved is that many of these experiences also look really great on a resume. Make the most of your experience!”
This year I was selected to be part of the Jobs for English Majors Career Panel at Roosevelt University to speak about my career path post-graduation. I remember attending this panel when finishing up my Honors thesis in 2015 and how helpful it was for me at the time, so I’m very proud and happy I was able to return a few years later & be that resource for others. I spoke about working in the Writing Center and as Managing Editor of the RU Torch while attending Roosevelt, as well as my positions post-grad, including teaching English as a foreign language abroad in Thailand & my current position of Copy Editor on the Email Creative Team at Epsilon.
I first started running the way most of us probably did – being forced to run the mile in elementary school gym class. I was always out of breath and one of the last to finish besides the walkers, but I always tried my best. From this early on there was something about running that really made me want to be good at it.
I never pushed much further than a mile until I joined cross-country in middle school. I began to realize running farther than a mile really felt GOOD.
I’ve never stopped running since. However, I didn’t go from the ~2 mile middle school races to 10 miles easily or quickly. I began just running on my own all throughout high school and ran my first 5k when I was a sophomore in college. I did another 5k as a junior, but I never really thought of running as a serious thing I do – I just felt like it was something I could do for charity/as a way to bond with people around me. (I did one of these 5ks with my boss at the time, who has completed an Iron Man race!!! I did not keep pace with him whatsoever but it was a cool bonding experience).
Over the next few years (end of college + post-grad), it became therapeutic for me, but still casual. It was just something I did that I never really thought about. I gradually began to run longer distances (4-5 miles).
In 2017, when I moved to Thailand, it became essential for my mental well being – it was my way of dealing with the stresses of being in a foreign country, the everyday communication misunderstandings + exhaustion, the worry about being far from home, etc. It became a lot harder for me due to the heat and humidity, so I went back to 2-3 mile runs. (I did have a gym at my apartment building but it didn’t have AC, so I’d usually just run on a path near a river since it was a nicer view.) It also became harder to fit running into my schedule since I was working full-time for the first time.
In 2018, running became something much more to me. It became proof of what I can do – what I can set my mind to. It became a love and a passion. I began running 5-7 mile each time. I experimented a lot more by starting to take different paths or running in the early morning instead of the afternoon + in different weather conditions.
I ran an 8k in March (Shamrock Shuffle), a 10k in July (Chicago 10k) + just completed a 10 mile race (Chicago 10 mile) in September (2018). I hope to complete a half marathon next!
When I run a race now, it’s a completely personal experience – I observe what thoughts cross my mind in a meditative manner and I feel myself working things out and processing emotions I didn’t even realize were there much more efficiently + methodically. At the same time, it’s a completely collective experience, as I’m passing others and as others pass me, there’s this sense that we all know running is freaking hard and therefore we’re all cheering for each other. We’re proud of each other for putting our bodies through this, for being so brave to challenge ourselves to our very core + we all want every single person there to win, to cross that line, to share that adrenaline rush of emotion when you’ve completed a goal that at one time seemed impossible.
In honor of completing my 10-mile race last weekend, I wanted to document the way I got there. When I first set out to write this, I planned to list physical steps I took (see below) but then I started + everything above just flowed b/c running is so many things to me now: it’s individual, it’s collective, it’s mental + physical, it’s pain + pleasure. If this article helps motivate even one person in the world, I will feel that I’ve accomplished something b/c running can truly change your perspective about the world, about what you’re capable of + changing a simple way you think can change your life + so much more.
Here’s what I do:
I run every other day because that’s what I found works best for me personally. I do a hard run + then take one recovery day. I might work on my upper body or core the next day because balance is important but I give my legs at least one day’s rest.
Pay attention your pace & keep checking in to make sure you haven’t strayed–
I think this is the biggest problem most people run into because people will start out too fast at the beginning and wear themselves out before they get very far or speed up when the adrenaline/pre-workout is really kicking in and use up those energy reserves too early on. This is especially easy to do during races because people either get competitive and want to pass others so they pick up the pace or if you find yourself running next to someone else you might just naturally adjust to their pace without thinking about it. So my biggest tip is to try to constantly stay conscious of your pace throughout. (If you listen to music, you can try to pick songs with a tempo that matches your personal pace to make it a little easier on yourself).
I use the Nike Plus app to keep track of my runs, distances, pace, etc. I really like the badges feature so there are always new goals to complete. It also lets you know every time you’ve broken your own record times/distances.
I maintain a pretty healthy diet the majority of the time. That could be another whole post in itself so I’ll just say what I do before/after a run. Before a run I try to stick with veggies/carbs because they digest much faster than protein. Protein is definitely needed after a run though so your muscles can repair. I also like a natural version of Gatorade to hydrate and make sure you’re getting your electrolytes back (listed below). Finally, running is so good for you but causes a lot of inflammation in the body so I take turmeric tablets to try to counteract some of that. (There’s a ton of good recipes for adding turmeric powder to food/smoothies too if you don’t like tablets).
(Everyone who knows me knows I’m really into NATURAL health supplements and prefer vegan when possible- so here’s what I use.)
(VEGAN, GF) My personal favorite energizing pre-run supplement: https://ommushrooms.com/product/energy
(VEGAN, GF) Post- run electrolytes (tropical fruit is the best flavor): https://nuunlife.com/shop/nuun-electrolytes/
(VEGAN, GF) Post-run Vega protein: https://myvega.com/collections/protein-powders/products/vega-sport-protein-1
(GF) Turmeric tablets: http://youtheory.com/shop/turmeric/
My second zine created sometime in early 2016.
I created this zine for Tim Kinsella’s Featherproof Books Internship which ran January 2015-May 2015 at Roosevelt University. It explores all the fragments that make up our identities and questions how we think about ourselves.