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Meet Alexa Xenakis

Major: B.S., Accounting
Expected graduation: 2016
Pittsburgh, Pa.
High school: Keystone Oaks High School
Scholarships from Point Park: Athletic Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship

Why did you choose Point Park? 

At first, I wasn’t very fond of the idea of a campus right in the middle of the city, but then I visited the campus and actually liked the atmosphere. I compared it with other schools and thought it was the best fit for me financially and educationally as well.

What makes attending Point Park for your major different from any other university? 

The fact that the campus is Downtown where many accounting jobs are located is very beneficial. It makes it easier to network and make connections.

Who is your favorite professor, advisor or staff member?  

My favorite staff member on campus is my coach, women's basketball head coach Tony Grenek, because he has taught me a lot since I have been here and always believed in me.

What have you learned about yourself during your time as a Point Park University student?  

The main thing I have learned is how to deal with stress. There were a few times that I wanted to give up during the semester because there were so many assignments and a lot to deal with. Now, I don’t get worked up and I learned how to manage my time and accomplish tasks in a timely manner.

What do you like most about going to school in the city? 

I like it because you are in the middle of everything. For example, if there is a Pens, Steelers or Pirates game you are only a walk away. Since the holidays are coming up too, a lot of events take place Downtown as well.

What's the biggest difference between high school and college?   

In college you have to learn how to manage your time. Each semester is different; you have different class schedules and workloads, so you have to plan it every time. You are also more independent in college so it teaches you how to live on your own and prepares you for the future.

What advice would you give to an incoming student?

My advice would be to venture off and do as many as things as you can because time seriously flies by so fast, and as soon as you know it, you will be graduating.

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Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major
Text by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major

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