Patryk Perkowski, Queens College Valedictorian
by Chase Collum
Jun 11, 2014 | 12827 views | 0 0 comments | 206 206 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a graduating class of more than 2,500 students, being chosen as valedictorian is no small accomplishment. But in Patryk Perkowski, Queens College found itself a candidate.

A Macaulay Honors College graduate, Perkowski was highly active during his tenure, working with the general assembly and as a T.A. at Macaulay, volunteering with Relay for Life and working as the official photographer of Macaulay’s Quidditch team. Perkowski was very humble about being selected as Queens’ top graduate.

“To be quite honest, I know so many of the other competitors and they’ve all done incredible things,” Perkowski said. “I was really honored to receive the award.”

After struggling to find his focus during the initial years of his college experience, Perkowski found his passion with the help of college advisors.

“When I came to Queens, I spent the first two years exploring options. My advisor was really instrumental in finding what was right for me,” Perkowski said. “Over the past year I realized one of the things that makes me really happy is working with data.”

He will take that love for data to San Francisco, where he has been accepted into the Applied Microeconomics Division of the Federal Reserve for the next two years. In the long term, he plans to enter a PhD program in economics.

Perkowski believes that in the end, he was successful because he didn’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come his way.

“My biggest piece of advice for new students is to seek out opportunities that you would never see yourself doing – whether it is going to Shanghai to learn Mandarin or to Ghana to work on education policy research – you’ve got to put yourself out there,” Perkowski said.

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