Nick - Graphic Design

Nick Kaczmarek

Graphic Design

Nick has been very involved on campus, occupying several student leadership roles. Throughout his years at Daemen, Nick has been a Peer Mentor, Resident Assistant, Student Alumni Ambassador, and Orientation Leader. While earning his degree in Graphic Design, Nick completed an internship as well. His experiences in and out of the classroom have prepared him to start his career after graduation.


What sparked your interest in studying graphic design?

I have always liked art and knew that I wanted to major in art—I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on. For the majority of high school, I was torn between becoming an art teacher and pursuing a career in photography. However, during my senior year I took two graphic design classes and loved them.

Why did you choose to come to Daemen?

There were many things that I liked about Daemen while visiting the campus. I really liked the small size of the student body. I knew that the classes would be more personal and I would be able to meet and interact with a lot of people. I also really liked how welcoming everybody was on campus when I visited.

Have you completed an internship?

I completed an internship in the marketing department of MJ Peterson Real Estate. I was able to work on ads and gain real world experience in my field. The Director of Marketing, my boss, is actually a graduate of Daemen College in the Graphic Design department. It has been really great to compare stories about Daemen and share with her how our campus and program have grown since she graduated.

What will be your lasting memory of Daemen?

I think that I will remember the advice and mentorship that I have been given most, whether it was a witty, constructive critique with my professor or and wonderful, insightful conversation with Kim Pagano, I will keep with me all the advice and lessons I have learned talking to the various faculty and staff on campus. Many of them, without realizing so, have impacted me greatly and have helped me to become the person I am today. I know that I would not be where I am without these conversations and opportunities.

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