Meet this month's Bird's-Eye View
Nick Zebrowski '15
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Media Production
Professional Services Specialist 4 for Stockton University's Hammonton campus, Kramer Hall. My typical day consists of designing creative pieces for our website, social media, and for promotion of the events that I coordinate. I am also the students' go-to person for any questions they have related to Stockton services or how I can better their time taking classes in Hammonton. One of my goals is to find ways to engage our students and the local Hammonton community in order to give them a positive Stockton experience.
One of my favorite things to do is travel. I recently got back from a 15-day trip
to Europe where I backpacked and stayed in hostels both with my best friend and alone.
It was such a fulfilling experience, taking in local culture and getting to know so
many people from around the world, that I cannot recommend it enough. I also enjoy
playing Nintendo Switch, the theatre and the arts, photography, classic movies and
TV shows, coffee, and making people laugh. One of my secret skills is that I am a
powerhouse shower singer.
How did your Stockton experience influence your life?
The lifelong friends that I have made thanks to Stockton have given me nothing but support, kindness, and encouragement. I am fortunate to know both sides of the University, from the student and employee perspective. That is actually one of my favorite things about this University – the number of former students that work here. It goes to show that Stockton creates such a positive experience for their students that many of them want to stay!
How did your academic program impact your Stockton experience and career?
The talented faculty that lead the Communication Studies department helped me hone in on my creative talents. This allowed me to flourish in my current position when it comes to creative projects and designs I need to make. Similarly, it is thanks to my academic program that I have been afforded the opportunity to work at Stockton! I began my career as an intern at Stockton's Kramer Hall in Hammonton, working with the town and wonderful staff on the Hammonton History Project, which is a digital archive designed in honor of the town's 150th anniversary. This collection of historical photographs and items is housed in a digital collection through Stockton's Richard E. Bjork Library, and I encourage you to check it out! Under the wings of Dr. Eileen Conran-Folks, Christina Birchler, and Ginna Petrillo, I was given a voice and endless opportunity for professional growth. I finished my internship that summer, and was offered a student employee position at Stockton's Manahawkin site with select days in Hammonton. Upon graduating in December 2015, I was afforded yet another opportunity to apply for and, thankfully, acquire a position at Stockton's Manahawkin site. There was so much to learn from my fantastic colleagues Michele Collins-Davies, Nicole Heinrich, and Maria Giunta, and they have truly helped me with my professional skillset and personal growth. I have since been able to return to where it all began in Hammonton, now as a multifaceted, well-versed Stockton professional, and enjoying each day immensely.
Describe your favorite Stockton memory as a student. (Ex: favorite professors, classes, events, activities, etc.)
I would have to say that one of the most profound events I attended during my undergrad was the Fannie Lou Hamer Human & Civil Rights Symposium. It was my first semester at Stockton, and Dr. Jess Bonnan-White encouraged us all to attend the event for class that day. I was so floored at the entire production, complete with song, a short re-enactment of the life of Ms. Hamer, and just the overall feeling of community the event gave me. It was a turning point for my own understanding of the world, as well, and the importance of diversity and inclusion.I would have to say that one of the most profound events I attended during my undergrad was the Fannie Lou Hamer Human & Civil Rights Symposium. It was my first semester at Stockton, and Dr. Jess Bonnan-White encouraged us all to attend the event for class that day. I was so floored at the entire production, complete with song, a short re-enactment of the life of Ms. Hamer, and just the overall feeling of community the event gave me. It was a turning point for my own understanding of the world, as well, and the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Describe your top reason for staying connected and involved with Stockton and your fellow Ospreys.
This one is easy- I work here!
What piece of advice would you pass onto the graduating class of Ospreys?
Never stop learning. Never stop growing. There is a chance each day to learn something new, and I don't think that should be taken for granted.
Is there anything else you would like to share with Stockton and your fellow Ospreys?
Come visit us in Hammonton! We have so much to offer our Alumni, from community, student, and alumni events to new exhibitions from the Noyes Museum of Art in our gallery. I would love to meet you and show you the historic town of Hammonton!