Name: Alex Katsikaris

Hometown: Athens, Greece

Major/year: Junior in the Honors College, majoring in psychology

What CofC organizations you have been involved with?

  • Tutor and mentor for the REACH Program
  • International Student Ambassador

CofC awards or honors: College of Charleston Dean’s List for Academic Excellence

Alex Katsikaris

Junior psychology major Alex Katsikaris.

Why did you choose the College of Charleston? I knew from the moment I stepped foot on the campus that the College of Charleston was where I belonged and where I wanted to develop as a student, but, most importantly, as a person. The city is beautiful, the people are happy and the opportunities in terms of jobs or internships are endless. The environment also really reminds me of my home back in Greece and that is a very special feeling to me. CofC always felt right.

What drew you to your major? The human mind, as well as our patterns of behavior and thought, have always fascinated me. I want to dive deeper to understand what a person’s day-to-day might look like in terms of their perceptions or thoughts and how it differs from my own. In my opinion, better understanding of these factors is a big first step in being able to build a better connection with individuals that struggle with psychological disorders like autism, schizophrenia or dementia, among others. My main goal is to expand my knowledge regarding disorders and conditions related to the brain, learn how to utilize this knowledge effectively and hopefully become helpful to individuals that seek assistance.

What’s your favorite location on campus and why? Although there are many spots I love throughout the CofC campus, I would have to say my favorite location is the Cistern. Not only is it a beautiful setting, but it is also a reminder of our goals and aims as it is the location where graduation ceremonies are held.

What’s the most surprising thing about your CofC experience so far? Although this might sound strange, something I found surprising when arriving at the College my freshman year was how easy it is to meet people with similar interests and make long-lasting relationships. Some of the people I met at my dorm after only a few weeks are to this day some of my strongest connections and dearest friends. Everyone starts their college experience without knowing other students and are therefore looking to create new bonds.

What’s something your CofC classmates would be surprised to know about you?  What surprised people the most when I first met them was that I did not have my driver’s license when first starting school at CofC since 18 is the age requirement in Greece.

What’s the best class you’ve ever taken? My favorite class that I have taken so far at the College has to be Abnormal Psychology. I have always been interested in unusual behaviors and patterns of thought, which is something this class really focused on.

What do you miss the most about Greece? My family and friends are what I miss the most. Although both my grandmothers are amazing cooks and their food is something I must admit I miss too, I am lucky enough to live in Charleston where finding great restaurants is never an issue. Apart from that, I would have to give a shout-out to the Greek beaches and the crystal clear water, which never ceases to amaze me.