Student Spotlight: Bill Smarzewski
Hometown: Villa Park
Bill Smarzewski enjoyed the art and construction courses that he took in high school but was unsure if they could lead to a career and, if so, what that career would be.
Then he signed up for an engineering class, in which he and his classmates developed a house that could exist off of the power grid. The process piqued his interest, and upon enrolling at College of DuPage he began taking architecture classes.
"The professors do such a great job of inspiring their students," he said. "My passion for architecture grew with each class I took."
Smarzewski earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Pre-Architecture Technology in 2012. Currently he is enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and spent his junior year in the prestigious Study Abroad program in Versailles, France. After completing his bachelor's degree in 2014, he is remaining at UIUC to pursue his master’s, where he was offered a teaching assistantship in structures.
He credits College of DuPage's Architecture program for giving him the necessary skills as he prepares for his career.
"COD offered me a well-rounded architectural education with a program that's relevant to what's actually going on in the industry," he said. "The intensity of their coursework really prepares you to transfer to a university.
"Most importantly, the architecture professors at COD are really dedicated to their students. It is hard to find teachers who really push their students to succeed. Most university teachers barely see their students and you are taught by teacher aides. At College of DuPage, you get one-on-one time with your teachers so you really have an opportunity to get their feedback."
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