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John Michael Szczepaniak Gillece '13

Marketing Services Coordinator

Smiling twenty-something white male with blond hair and well-trimmed beard wearing a blue and brown plaid shirt standing in front of books in a library.

What advice would you give to your college self?

Milkshakes aren’t dinner.

How would you define “values?"

Values are a set of guidelines you or we create to remember how to be a better self in turn creating a better community.


What does the Rosemont Mission mean to you?

The mission is how to demonstrate Rosemont being different than any other place. This mission builds and joins a community to demonstrate our values. This community lives the mission by supporting each other in and out of classrooms and volunteering to help the outside world.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a Nike Flyknit, because it supports you and is flexible in any situation.

Would you rather have two tickets to the Super Bowl or two tickets to the White House Correspondents' Dinner?

White House dinner, but I want to pick who sits at my table. It would be me, the Obamas, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Seth Meyers, and Banksy( if his or her or their identity was known).

Campus Involvement: Social Media, Photography and Video Production, Communications, Campus News and Events, Mentoring, MBA Classes

Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

  1. Radio station contests—Even if I don’t want to go to the concert for which they’re giving away tickets, I will enter and try to win.
  2. Free give aways at any festival. Those terrible shirts that you have to get from some energy drink, I never wear them, but I love winning them.
  3. Awkward situations—because they provide for good stories later.
  4. Amazon—I buy too much off that because I need things.
  5. My camera—I take it everywhere and snap away.

What goal are you currently trying to achieve?

Currently, I'm writing a web series, working on a friend’s blog, and trying every new restaurant in Philadelphia.

Who or what inspires you?

People inspire me. I love seeing random acts of kindness on public transit. It really shows the humanity in this world. Little acts can cause a huge positive change which inspires me to be a better person.

Where is the furthest place you have traveled?

I spent a month traveling Europe, so I believe the furthest I have been is Italy.

Favorite college memory? (from which college?)

Well, it was my freshmen year at Rosemont. There was this huge rainstorm happening and I was doing homework when I heard a knock at my door. I opened it and  four people, with whom I'd  become friends (from all different class years) in their bathing suits. One of them said “wanna go swimming?” We ran around campus playing in the rain. I remember the resident director came out and took a picture of us, laughed, then said, “Ok, get inside. Don’t get hurt or sick.”