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Maria Pizzo used the A+ Program to kick-start her college education at SCC. “I just figured SCC would give me a great foundation,” said Maria.
Maria said she quickly discovered becoming involved at SCC offers her much more than just a foundation for her education. It provides her the opportunity to gain real life experience.
“My absolute favorite part about SCC is all of the student activities and opportunities on campus,” said Maria, whose roles on campus include president of Phi Beta Lambda, vice president of Student Senate, member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and a blogger at stchas.edu/blogs.
“There are so many resources on campus and every single one of them is designed to help students succeed,” she said.
Through her involvement on campus, Maria achieved the Community Changer distinction during the fall 2014 semester as part of the Semester of Service Program established by Missouri Campus Compact.
She completed 47 hours of volunteer service during the semester by volunteering at a number of service activities and, she represented SCC while visiting area high schools.
Maria was also a part of SCC’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) team that was recognized at the state and national level in the Business Ethics category in 2014. In 2015, her PBL team gained state recognition in the Business Ethics, and she placed fourth individually in the Sales Presentation category.
Maria was elected as Missouri PBL State President for the 2015/16 school year and received the Executive Level CMAP (Career and Membership Achievement Program) Award.
“I’ve been able to learn from some extremely knowledgeable professors, something you don’t get at every community college,” she said.
After SCC, Maria graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Philosophy.
Maria is currently pursuing multiple endeavors, including a nutrition franchise partnership, starting an IGTV channel and getting her Reiki Level 1 attunement.
"I am in the midst of deciding on whether or not I want to become a Reiki practitioner or yoga teacher. I'm excited for what's to come!"
Last updated: Sept. 4, 2018