Major: Public Administration, Class of 2014
by Esther Shanahan M'15
When Nick Imbesi visited Kutztown University as a high school senior, it was love at first sight.
"The campus was beautiful," he recalled. "And on my tour I noticed the classrooms weren't that large. I thought ‘when I get here, I'll be able to have one-on-one contact with my professors.' I was right. At KU, I'm not a number. I'm Nick."
Small class sizes were one of Imbesi's most important considerations when deciding which university to attend, and he found KU's 20:1 student-faculty ratio appealing.
"Because of the small class environment, I learn more and have a better working relationship with my professors," he explained. "They've also provided me with networking opportunities, which increases my chances of landing a job. When I email one of my professors, they know who I am. You don't always get that kind of experience at a larger university."
After graduation, Imbesi, a senior public administration major, aspires to work for the government as a public servant and seize every opportunity to improve the lives of his constituents. At KU, he's been able to work toward this goal by serving as president of the Student Government Board (SGB) and managing a $2.1 million budget.
While Imbesi's involvement in the SGB has given him real life experience dealing with constituents and money, it wasn't an opportunity he originally intended to seek out. Instead, serendipity stepped in.
"I received an email asking students to run for SGB," he said. "So I figured ‘why not?' I served for one year and ran for president the next. My involvement with SGB and everything I've learned in my classes have given me the knowledge I need to be successful inside and outside of the classroom."
At the fall 2013 convocation ceremony, Imbesi was able to speak with the incoming freshman class, and used the occasion to tell them what he wished he knew as a freshman.
"At KU, students have amazing networking opportunities," he said. "You have everything you need to prepare for the workplace and obtain success. All you have to do is reach out and grab it! Get involved as much as possible. There are more than 120 organizations. Find something that you like or create your own. An employer won't care what you joined - they're going to care about what you led and how you changed your community for the better. KU has the avenues for you do that."
For Imbesi, his educational experience was everything he hoped it would be, four years ago when he first toured the campus.
"Every day, I'm thankful that I chose KU."
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