Student Spotlight: Alexandra McGarel

Alexandra McGarel

Alexandra McGarel
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Naperville

Although Alexandra McGarel is pursuing a degree in marketing, she also has another passion.

"I’ve loved acting ever since I can remember," she said. "I participated in theater throughout high school. I love the feeling of performing and exploring different characters."

While at College of DuPage, McGarel is performing in College Theater, including 2013's "Spoon River Anthology."

She is also a Presidential Scholar, an impressive award that includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

Her love of theater isn't stopping her from studying marketing.

"I had no idea what I wanted to study for a while, and then my dad, who works in product development, decided to take me to work with him," she said. "I talked with people in the business department, and marketing stuck out as the right fit for me. I liked the creative side of marketing and that my communication skills could benefit me. I like that marketing doesn’t just deal with numbers and spreadsheets. Figuring out what consumers want and how to get that product to them interests me."

College of DuPage is giving McGarel a chance to explore these options.

"I chose COD because I received a great scholarship, and I liked that it was close to home," she said.

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