Student Spotlight: Justyna Gorka


Get to know our new student assistant, Justyna Gorka!

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Class Year: 2021
Majors/Minors: Political Science and Philosophy

Your UR activities other than working here: 2021 Class Council, D’Lions, RHA, APO, GlobeMed, Students for a Democratic Society

What has been your favorite experience at UR so far? My favorite experience so far has definitely been Orientation Week for the Class of 2022. Being a D’Lion, I got the chance to interact with the first-year class and get them excited about the UofR. In the process, I also was able to inadvertently relive my own Orientation Week memories, smiling at how much I’ve grown as a person since then. It was great to have a role in the Class of 2022’s introduction into college life. Through my efforts and the efforts of other Yellowjackets, I hope that the class can come to love the UofR as much as I have.

What advice do you have for students who want to get involved? If you want to get involved, the first step is to be proactive and put yourself out there. Utilize the resources available to you on campus as well as online in the UofR domain. If you don’t know how, check out the CCC and find out where your interests lie. From there, it only takes an email, a phone call, an in-person visit, etc. to get connected. The hardest step is always the first. So voice your interests to the leaders of the group, and I assure you that they will appreciate your enthusiasm and help you integrate into a community just as passionate as you.

What’s your favorite Rochester restaurant? I am a big fan of Stromboli’s Restaurant on 130 East Ave by the Eastman School of Music. The food has an authentic taste, it is a quick buy, and it is inexpensive – the golden standard for a busy college student or anyone who appreciates good food. I recommend any of their boli dishes or specialty pizzas!

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