By Damon Markiewicz

Zach came to Springfield College to play baseball at the urging of his high school coach, an alum himself. He enrolled as a business major but graduated with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Zach credits this change and his drive to succeed to two people; his mom, a Speech Therapist, and his advisor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, Debra Burnett, PhD.

As he prepares to enter grad school in the Fall, Zach reflects back on his four-years at Springfield College. “Honestly, the first year was rough—especially with Covid—but once I found my people and switched my major, it all clicked. I owe a lot to Springfield College. I’ve seen alumni investing in students, showing they care about our success, and it’s made me want to be the very best I can be. I want to follow that example.”