Outstanding Grad: Marcus Zacarias

Marcus Zacarias posing on the steps near the ovalMarcus Zacarias

Degrees: Political Science

Minor: Legal Studies

Marcus Zacarias (he/him) has been nominated as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts.

Learn more about Marcus below:

1. Why did you choose to study at CSU?

“I chose to study at CSU because of its reputation for providing a supportive and caring environment for students. Through my interactions with current students and faculty, I was impressed by the university’s commitment to student success and well-being. This culture of care was a crucial factor in my decision to enroll at CSU, as I wanted to be part of a community that valued not only academic achievement but also personal growth and development.”

2. How has your background shaped your experience here at CSU, and what advice would you give to students of similar identities?

“As a Black student here, I have found it important to stay true to my values and beliefs when making decisions about how to engage with the university community. In doing that I found a home within Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) making an impact in our local communities. My advice to students who share similar identities would be to embrace who you are and seek out opportunities to connect with others who share your passions and interests. Don’t be afraid to take risks and explore new experiences, but always stay grounded in your own sense of morality and integrity.”

3. What accomplishments from your educational career at CSU are you most proud of? How were you able to accomplish those things?

“I am particularly proud of my contribution as a member of the Presidential Search Committee that successfully appointed Amy Parsons to the role. It was an opportunity that arose as a result of my work in the student conduct center and my network of relationships with various administrators on campus. Through my involvement in the committee, I was able to make meaningful contributions to the university community and have a voice in important decision-making processes. This accomplishment was a testament to my dedication, hard work, and ability to collaborate effectively with others.”

4. What has been the most challenging aspect of your educational career so far? How have you overcome those difficulties?

“The most challenging aspect of my educational journey thus far has been finding a sense of community and belonging. As a student, it can be difficult to navigate the social landscape of a university and find individuals with whom you share common interests and values. To overcome this challenge, I made a concerted effort to get involved in ASCSU where I was able to build a community with other people of color. Through these efforts, I was able to build meaningful relationships with other like-minded individuals and establish a sense of community that supported me throughout my time at the university.”

5. What are your post-graduation plans and goals?

“After graduation, I am excited to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration at Florida State University. My goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges of managing and leading educational institutions, and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact in this field. Ultimately, I hope to use my education and experience to support and advocate for students, and to help create equitable and inclusive educational environments that empower individuals to reach their full potential.”