Iga Szczepanik is a leader on campus and she’s determined to become a leader in the world of business. “In the United States less than 5% of the CEO’s of big companies are women. I like the idea I can educate myself and change that in the future,” she said. “Going to school here will bring me to something bigger and better. I hope it will make me a role model for women in the future.”
Szczepanik is an International Student from Swidnica, Poland. She started learning English when she was in preschool and today speaks the language fluently. Szczepanik came to the U.S. when she was high school aged and graduated from Bishop Grimes in 2014. Now she’s majoring in Business with minors in both Women’s Studies and Honors. She’s also a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is President of the OCC’s chapter this year. “I wanted to hold a leadership position. I thought by being President of PTK I could help break the stereotype that girls can’t do it.” Szczepanik also works as a student ambassador, going to area high schools and promoting the Honors Minor program.
After earning her degree in May 2016 Szczepanik plans to transfer to a four-year college and pursue a degree in international business. Between now and then she’s excited to be at OCC and is enjoying the community college experience. “I love coming to class and having all of these different people in it. You’ll have a mom, you’ll have a war veteran, you’ll have a girl that’s just like me. I love that it gives you completely different experiences than you would get at a four-year school. When I go on to a four-year school I will be proud to say I went to a community college. I accomplished so much. I am proud of who I am and what I did. People should be proud of who they are and what they do. There is a lot to be proud about here at OCC.”