Student Spotlight: Alexander Picchi

Alexander Picchi

Alexander Picchi
Major: Earth Sciences

Alexander Picchi didn't know what to major in when it came time for college.

“It didn’t make sense to go to a four-year university,” he explained. “By attending College of DuPage, it was also nice to stay close to home and be able to save money on my education.”

Picchi was named a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD’s Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. While he’s pleased to be a scholar, he also finds it “nerve-wracking” in terms of keeping up his grades in order to maintain the scholarship.

After his first year at COD, Picchi is now focusing on geology as a major.

“I never really had a chance to study geology before, so when I took a class on it first semester, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it,” he said. “I then took another one my second semester and continued to enjoy it. It interests me so much since I didn't know much about the field beforehand, so everything is new and fresh. I’m not sure where I want to go with it, but I do have a lot of relatives in the field so maybe being able to work with one of them would be ideal.”

In addition to family influences, Picchi has received sound advice from his former guitar teacher.

“Zach was always in a good mood even when he was going through a rough time and would always make me laugh. More important than that, though, is how he taught me the value of not only hard work but also not taking life too seriously,” he said. “He showed me that taking a break is sometimes the best way to get work done or to solve a problem. Clearing your head and taking a look at something again but with a blank slate helps me considerably when tackling school work. It has been a philosophy I have continued to follow even after I stopped playing guitar.”

Picchi plans to graduate in 2015. While he’s not sure about his future beyond College of DuPage, he’s thankful to have a place where he has the time to determine what’s next.

“COD is helping me narrow down my choices for a major and offers a variety of classes that I can take to help me figure out what I like and would not like to study,” he said. “I hope to find out what I want to spend the rest of my life doing and be able to enjoy my future career.”

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