Student Profile: Alex Hegedus
Want to be a world traveler? A mathematic researcher? An Ultimate Frisbee player? A fraternity brother? At Alma College, Jackson senior Alex Hegedus doesn’t have to choose among his interests.
“You are able to do so many different things at Alma,” he says. “Friends at bigger universities say they have to pick one extracurricular and stick to that, so if I wanted to play Frisbee, I could only play Frisbee. But here it’s possible to make friends in so many different areas and be involved in so much.”
Before coming to Alma, the computer science and mathematics double major never imagined his college experience would involve traveling to New Zealand, but thanks to a Spring Term course, Hegedus was able to do just that.
“The trip to New Zealand was unforgettable,” he says. “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life. Everywhere we went while we were there was just abnormally beautiful and breathtaking. Plus, I got the chance to bungee jump, and that was really fun.”
Hegedus also expands his horizons—and his brainpower—by doing research. The summer after his freshman year, he did GPU computing research with Andrew Thall, associate professor of computer science. More recently, he spent two months researching mathematics and presented his findings at MathFest in Madison, Wisc.
“Research prepares you for the professional world in a way classes can’t,” he says. “It’s a much higher pace of learning. You throw all your effort into this one small project and you get results really quickly. I also like that you’re doing things no one has ever done before. You’re on the edge of knowledge, and it’s cool to push that edge.”