Psyched to serve
Every day, Jennifer Carrillo heads off to her job as a community organizer – and puts her education to work.
“I would never have discovered my love of psychology without Oakton,” explains Jennifer Carrillo. The College also gave me the time and space to choose a major and research specific psychology programs at four-year institutions before I transferred.”
At Oakton, Carrillo took general education courses; studied film, art, and psychology; and plunged into student activities, such as the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Club and the Student Ambassador Program, before moving on to complete her bachelor of arts degree at Illinois State University.
Today, Carrillo works with Latinos and undocumented residents at Illinois People’s Action, an ecumenical, faith-based community organization in Bloomington, Illinois. “My degree in psychology gives me an edge on the job. Most people in my position have a political science background. However, my psychology training provided the tools I need to forge close relationships with people,” she says, adding, “I’ve taken a few twists and turns along the way, but I’m where I should be now: working to protect the rights of everyone in the community. There’s no question that an education that helps you put your passion into practice can change your life – and sometimes the world.”