Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Stephen Marositz

Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education

Community service activity I'm most proud of:
My family takes care of and lives with medically fragile foster children. It is a never ending commitment, but I could not imagine life without them. Providing postive memories, support and a second chance for children who were once written off by the res
Dream study abroad location:
Remote jungle living out of a hut with a tribe of natives.
Guilty pleasure:
Infomercials. There's something about the cheesy catch phrases, dramatic examples, and over acting that really makes me wonder just how I was able to live my life before that product was invented. I want everything they sell. When the infomercial for the
Why I chose this program:
To become the change I want for education.
Childhood ambition:
Morph into a bear
Biggest challenge:
Living life after my mom passed away.
Hidden talent:
i'm a Sensei and second degree black belt in karate. I can also break stacks of concrete blocks with my fist.
My favorite place to have coffee around NYU:
I have a slight obsession/ addiction to Starbucks. I honestly cannot function without my daily dose of Starbs.
A book from class I would never sell back:
The Bible..it feels sacreligious.
My dream job when I graduate:
Teaching music to students who are deaf.
Best vacation:
The epic family roadtrip of '07.
I would like to be remembered for my:
My passion for helping children.
Most influential person during my college career at NYU:
My friends for helping me discover who I am
What I do to de-stress:
Rocking out playing tuba.
If I could have lunch with any person, dead or alive, I'd choose:
My mom

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Vernon, New Jersey
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
NYU Deans List. Project Associate for NYC Department of Education Office of Family Engagement and Advocacy. Project PEARLS Research Team. Member of Macys Great American Marching Band. Proficiency on all orchestral and band instruments. Second Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts- Sensei.Martial Arts Instructor.
Community Service and Other Activities:
Alpha Phi Omega- National Service Fraternity. NYU PEACE(Vice President). Council for Exceptional Children. America Reads. Karate Camp Counselor at Pace Institute. Preschool Teacher for Discovery Years. Caregiver to medically fragile foster children that live with me.