Student Spotlight: Carmine Calabria
Throughout his life, Carmine Calabria has considered many career choices, most revolving around being innovative, creative and thinking outside of the box.
“From wanting to be a PIXAR animator to becoming an engineer, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I narrowed down my creative passions to architecture after taking numerous AutoCAD and 3-D Modeling classes during high school,” he said. “I was slightly unsure if this was the path I wanted to take with my career, so my enrollment at College of DuPage was an economical decision to test the waters of my interest in architecture.”
After his first semester in the Architecture program, Calabria knew he was selecting the right career.
“It was amazing to see my designs become a reality,” he said. “I am very lucky to have landed in a program that offers so much. COD has a quality Architecture program taught by great professors who put much care into guiding students to success.”
After earning his Pre-Architecture Associate in Applied Science degree, Calabria transferred with no issues to the Illinois Institute of Technology.
“Transitioning to IIT was challenging because it was a different environment, but after assimilating into the environment I have excelled in the program,” he said. “There is no doubt that the COD Architecture program prepared me far beyond some of IIT’s expectations. I often resort back to the techniques and approaches to my design work taught by both my first and second-year studio professors. This past year, I have been accepted to the College of Architecture’s Deans List during both semesters. This fall, I will be entering my fifth and final year. I am starting to look for a full-time internship position at an architecture firm upon graduation and will be receiving my Professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree in May 2017.”
Calabria would ultimately like to earn a master’s degree and open his own architectural firm, where he could change the lives of others through his designs. He strongly encourages others considering architecture as a career to give College of DuPage a try.
“The design projects you will have in studio are far beyond the norm of any community college offering architecture,” he said. “It will challenge you as a student, but it will prepare you for the demanding expectations of most architecture schools and in the field out of college, and I am very thankful for that.
“No matter what situation you are in, I found that COD is very accommodating. It is not what others may judge it to be. It is a very positive and encouraging place.”
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