||Washington, D.C., is now home to Bob Villwock, but despite the excitement of life inside and outside the Beltway, the Brunswick native misses life in Northeast Ohio. Villwock, a compensation specialist for global consulting firm Towers Watson, is a big fan of his hometown and surrounding area. “Traffic here is outrageous,” said Villwock. “I live 13 miles from work and it takes me an hour to drive in. Nowhere around Cleveland is it this bad.”
| It has been an interesting journey from Medina County to the nation’s capital for the 2004 Brunswick High School graduate. The first member of his family to attend college, Villwock originally wanted to enroll at Ohio University, but it was cost-prohibitive. After researching options, Villwock settled on Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). “All the classes I would need in order to transfer to a four-year school I found at Tri-C,” Villwock said. “Everything was there at a much-reduced cost and equal in academic content.”
Villwock considers the two years he spent at Tri-C very special. “Right off the bat I met with a counselor who helped me plot a two-year course that would take me to Ohio University. I was able to take all my undergraduate requirements and started my third year as a true junior. By doing this, I not only learned a great deal, but also saved over $42,000 in tuition, room and board, books and other expenses, Villwock said. “Tri-C was a real life-saver to me and a great way to start my college career.”
After leaving the Western Campus, Villwock headed to Athens and majored in finance and economics. He graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University in the fall of 2008. He spent the spring term in Grenoble, France, earning a certificate in international business. His Tri-C background was also of great assistance overseas. “The French classes I took really helped out,” said Villwock. “In a few months I was fluent in speaking, reading and writing the language.”
While working as a bartender back home after graduation, Villwock met a patron who offered him the opportunity to work with a private wealth-management firm in Akron. Then, on a European trip led by a favorite professor from OU, Villwock met a man who had been on that same trip with the same professor 40 years earlier. That man brought him to Towers Watson.
Villwock is waiting to start the MBA program at Georgetown University while working at Towers Watson. He fills what spare time he has by jogging and swimming and occasionally driving home to Cleveland to visit his girlfriend, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. When considering his time at Tri-C, a famous line from Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken best sums up his experience.
“Compared to my friends who went to four-year schools, I did take that ‘road less traveled by,’” said Villwock. “Because of all the good things that have happened to me as a result of attending Tri-C and its great influence, Tri-C has made a wonderful difference in my life and I am very thankful.”