As most of you know, I am a new staff member this year, and I don’t know many HVSS graduates personally. The school is still so new there aren’t many graduate anyway. But, I did recently catch up with HVSS’s first graduate, Alex Delia, now 26, to see what he’s up been up to lately, and I wasn’t disappointed, to say the least.
Since graduating, Alex has started a successful recycling business - Mr. e-Waste, based in Hudson. He says, “it was a crash course, really sink or swim kind of thing...and I’m swimming.” When I spoke with Alex he was in Chicago at the airport, preparing to fly home from a business trip he spent working to identify oxidized metals in the waste-stream of a local company. He thinks it could become a lucrative partnership. He’s also trying to get Mr. e-Waste on autopilot so he can explore metal trading and recycling solutions. Alex never attended a traditional school (though he has been inside of a few as a recycling contractor). I asked him how - if at all - his Sudbury education was helping him succeed so impressively. He didn’t mention any content he studied, or projects he worked on, or accolades he earned. He said, “I learned how to be really present with myself, and therefore with others - to be open and receptive. Basically, to communicate well. I had a lot of opportunities to sit down with people, talk things over, and figure out how to work together to make things happen.”