Enrolled at MCC after serving eight years in the U.S. Marines

Ariana Bello

Ariana Bello of Crystal Lake enrolled at MCC in 2012 after serving eight years in the U.S. Marines, where she specialized as a logistician. She decided to return to college to pursue engineering because of her military work experience with logistics and 6 Sigma, a data-driven approach for process improvement.

During her two years at MCC, she took as many science and math courses as possible, including three semesters of physics. She also participated in MCC’s unique Undergraduate Research Scholar Program, where students work one-on-one with an instructor on a research project. She and her teammate studied fish depopulation at Wildflower Lake at Del Webb in Huntley and they won first place in the Chemistry Division at the 2014 Skyway STEM poster competition.

She earned an Associate in Science degree in engineering science in December 2015 and transferred to University of Illinois to study mechanical engineering. She plans to graduate in December 2017 and hopes to work for a large technologies corporation.

"At U of I, I found that fellow transfer students are doing well," Bello said. “They have more success than those students who go to the university straight from high school."

"MCC is a very good place to get your bearings and get out of the high school mentality and being more independent. I made some lifelong friends at MCC," Bello said. "MCC's instruction was phenomenal. The instructors want you to succeed and they do everything they can to help you. They truly cared for me as a student. It’s awesome having the Sage Learning Center on campus and to be able to meet with an instructor during their office hours."

Her advice to incoming students is to "definitely go to office hours and get face time with your instructor. Know that when you leave here, [other university] instructors may not be as accommodating."

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