Matthew Zebrowski is a sport management major from Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2021
Major: Sport Management
What scholarships did you receive and why did you receive them? How has the financial support impacted your experience at NIU?
I received the Huskie Award for receiving a 4.0 GPA in high school. The support has made my personal life easier as I do not have the weight of loans or debt on my shoulders, thanks to the scholarships.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
As a kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter, but I am loving the path I am currently on. I still have that as a backup plan, but my current career path is to work in professional sports or esports.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
Sport management with a minor in sport sales. I chose this major because I love athletics and would love to work in professional athletics one day.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
How busy this campus can get. I thought this would be a small-town campus, and before COVID, there was so many people out and about. It can be really fun.
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
We use Discord and Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings and classes. I make friends by going out while keeping a safe distance and taking every single precaution.
Are you involved in any student organizations, mentoring programs or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
I am involved in Sigma Alpha Mu, Red Riot and the NIU Esports Club. It is always a fun experience in each organization, and I recommended you get out and enjoy what NIU has to offer.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
Professor David Serowka. He is a stand-up guy in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and he is very insightful but also down-to-earth. If you ever have the chance to take a course with him, do it.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
My favorite spot on campus is probably my Greek house. It is nice and relaxing area. We all have a lot of fun together, and we still remain safe on campus.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Do it! It is the best four years of your life. Enjoy it while you can. I wasted the first two-and-a-half years, so do not wait, get out and enjoy it.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
Be more responsible and really live on my own. It was a jump from coming home to my parents every day to living on my own.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
Play games and enjoy some time with my brothers.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your NIU Huskie story?
I actually almost left NIU in the fall of 2018. I came in undecided and really could not find a path to go on. I tried history, management and marketing, but just did not like a single one. When I went to my advisor and he brought up the sport management program, I immediately said yes. Now I am on the verge of graduating, have two internships, found my girlfriend, and found a great house and many great friends to live with. And I was only about five minutes from throwing it all away.