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Briana Zdradzinski

by Jeff Blair '18

Briana Zdradzinski with Gov. Tom Wolf

While attending Reading Area Community college, Briana Zdradzinski '18 participated in a cross-registration program that brought her to Kutztown University. Through that program, she came to KU for classes and eventually fell in love with the campus and faculty. The following semester, Briana became a full-time student.

 "I realized it was where I was meant to be," Briana said. Since arriving full time at KU in spring 2016, Briana has been heavily involved on campus including being a part of the New Student Orientation Program as an administrative assistant before transitioning into a leadership role. In her role, she primarily assists transfer students and acts as a mentor of sorts answering any questions and helping

them with anything they may need during their transition. She is also involved with the Presidential Ambassadors where she is on the executive board and in charge of Dinner with Golden Bears - where KU

students mingle with KU alumni from their field of study. Aside from being involved with multiple organizations, she also played a pivotal role in the chartering of Tau Sigma, an honor society specifically for transfer students. So far there are 37 members in the society and Briana says she hopes that once she moves on, this is her lasting legacy.

"I hope the society not only motivates students to grow academically, but helps them grow overall as a person."  

Since coming to KU, Briana has been involved with a variety of organizations and has been able to take advantages of opportunities both on and off campus. She accepted an invitation to participate in Governor Tom Wolf's Middle Class Task Force. The Task Force includes a panel of business executives, teachers, students and workforce development experts. Briana was able to participate on the panel and share her views on issues such as how to support the middle class and help people get and keep jobs.

"I found it rewarding being a part of the task force and being able to share my viewpoint on the financial concerns many students face when it comes to attending college."

Since being a part of the task force, Briana was also invited to attend a General Assembly meeting in Harrisburg and was invited to Governor Wolf's house where, she was able to meet with him.

"It was something I never imagined would happen," she said, looking back on the experience. "Out of so many people I was able to share my story with the governor and found the whole experience to be gratifying."

Briana thinks the relationships she has been able to form with the faculty, staff and students are some of the most amazing opportunities she has been given.

"I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't formed those relationships with the people that have made me feel at home here at KU."

In the future, the sociology major plans to attend graduate school and earn her master's degree in student affairs, because she likes the idea of becoming an advisor for students and being able to assist them. Coming to KU has given her many opportunities and showed her that you do not always have to stick to the original plan. At the end of the day, her goal is to help people the way others have helped her.

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