5 GOOD MINUTES

WITH MARTA PACZKOWSKA

Have you ever regretted becoming a Community Advisor (CA)?
Yes, during summer training! CAs have to come back to campus two weeks before everyone else in August for all-day training sessions – and they start at 7am. Other than that, no, I haven’t regretted it. I’ve met some of my closest friends through ResLife. Plus, no other on-campus job tops free room and board.

Do you think incriminating evidence found on Facebook should be used against residents?
Well, I’m pretty sure Facebook is being used in the courts, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be used on a college campus. The fact of the matter is that Facebook is a public social networking site. If you don’t want people to see something, don’t post it. For one thing, pictures speak for themselves, so even if they aren’t being directly used as evidence, they still paint a certain picture in your persecutor’s mind and may lead them to go looking for other incriminating evidence.

So you have a new position with the English Honor Society – what’s it called and what’s it all about?
I am the Associate Student Representative for the Eastern Region of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Yeah, I know, that’s a mouthful. I don’t know how much work it’s going to be yet since it’s for the next academic year, but I’ll be responsible for over 200 chapter schools throughout the east coast – answering questions and emails and organizing events and whatnot. I’m actually really glad I got elected as the associate because it’s kind of like being VP. I basically have as much influence, but if something goes wrong I’m not first in line for getting the backlash.

What do you think of the recently revealed scandals in the Catholic Church?
I think a lot of college students are too quick to denounce religion in general and the Catholic Church specifically. I still think the Church is a source of hope and moral backbone for many people, and rightfully so. There have been scandals, but there are scandals in every institution. How many scandals have there been on Wall Street? And you don’t see every investor pulling out all their assets. So I don’t think people should be pulling all their hope out of the Church either.

What is your most disliked minority group?
Radical feminists. I like when men open doors for me.

How have you changed throughout your years in college?
The first thing that comes to my mind is my newfound confidence in being an English major. Not confidence in making a six-figure salary when I graduate, but confidence in picking the major that’s most suited for me. My freshman year I lived on a floor of mostly biology majors and seven-year med students, and it made me doubt whether I should be an English major. I actually thought I wanted to be an engineer at one point [laughs]. But when one of my best friends who is an International Studies major at another school recently told me that she hates going to class, it made me think, “Wow, I love going to class. I hate missing class because they all interest me.” After that, everything clicked.

What is the best class you’ve taken so far at TCNJ?
Creative Non-Fiction with Professor Blake.

If you could tell someone you don’t know one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’m the most forgiving person I know. I forgive a lot, sometimes too much according to other people’s standards, but I never regret it.

If you could give a word of advice to future generations, what would it be?
Turn your cell phones off once in awhile and live in the present. Also, take the time to know and understand your parents.

Shout-out time. Go.
Cromwell staff! From Camel M-Money.

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  1. Jeff Lambert,

    Cool interview.
    I love that you love class and your major and you don’t really care if it will be lucrative financially. Too many only go for the greenback not the validity of profession!

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