Here at St. Norbert, we consider ourselves family. In most cases, it’s the new people we meet that become a part of our family, but on occasion, some of our Honors friends actually are family.
This month, we are featuring siblings Zack ('22)and Emily Jerzyk ('23). Zack and Emily both decided to attend St. Norbert College due to their academic interests. In addition, Zack felt that attending SNC "was a great way to continue the Norbertine educational heritage that I began in high school at Notre Dame Academy.” For Emily, religion, specifically the Catholic community that exists on campus, played an important role in choosing to attend SNC.
The Jerzyks live in the Green Bay area, so SNC is extremely close to home. Their mother, Lynn, works on campus manning the allergen station in Ruth's Marketplace. Both Emily and Zack appreciate the many benefits of having their mother work on the SNC campus.
Zack and Emily are both members of the Honors Program and have very similar reasons for joining. They both felt that it was a “natural decision” to become a part of this community. Both were members of the National Honor Society (NHS) while in high school and decided to continue that path into college. Zack and Emily both enjoy the benefits that the Honors Program has given them, namely a close community that connects us all. Some of Zack’s favorite memories of living in the Honors dorm, Bergstrom Hall, are those spent with the “2AM Squad,” a group of students who often stayed up later than their families would have preferred. He connected with his dorm-mates through shenanigans and procrastination, and specifically recalls walking through campus for a fun photography session on one of the last nights as a Bergstrom Hall resident. Emily is still a Bergstrom resident and she, too, has had some late nights spent talking to her friends in the lounges. She really enjoys the work and, as she puts it, struggles, that she and her dorm-mates together support each other through.
Zack and Emily are extremely close, and like to spend as much time together as they can even though they both have extremely busy schedules. One thing they try to do on a regular basis is to eat lunch together on Tuesdays or Thursdays or even over the weekend, if possible. If they cannot meet for lunch, they know they will see each other at the weekly Society of Physics Students (SPS) meeting, of which Zack is the president and Emily is a member. Zack is also a member of the Knitting Knights, which along with SPS, is one of his favorite clubs. Additionally, Zack and Emily also have on campus jobs: Zack is a Physics T.A., and Emily regularly works in Ruth’s Marketplace.
As much as some students would dislike having a sibling on campus, the Jerzyks love having their sibling so close. According to Zack, “the opportunity to simply chat with Emily in person is quite valuable.” He knows that the two would have kept in touch even if they had attended different schools, but the personal connection is not always there when interacting over the phone or computer. Emily loves that even though her major is so different from Zack’s, she can still come to him and ask for advice on what classes she should take, or how to tackle a tough situation she’s facing. The Jerzyks love having a sibling close to share such great experiences with.
Here are some fun facts about the Zack and Emily:
Zack’s favorite study spot is the basement of GMS in the dead of night while Emily enjoys Ed’s when she’s reading or Bergstrom for writing essays.
Zack’s favorite meal is the SNC Potato Bowl (yum) and Emily’s is the Portabello mushroom heads at the allergen station@ Ruth's.
Zack’s favorite thing to pick up at Phil’s is tea, any and every kind there is, and Emily prefers chicken tenders or the cod basket.
Zack’s favorite class is Optical and Atomic Physics because of the “camaraderie between all of us physics majors who struggle through it together” and Emily enjoys her Basic Statistics class.