When Zack was in 6th grade, he moved to Germany where he quickly became trilingual, learning to speak Spanish and German fluently. In high school, Zack graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a 2400 (single sitting) on his SAT. Zack took a rigorous course load, culminating in 13 AP classes and a german political philosophy course at Princeton University. His main extracurricular interests were focused on politics and economics, as he participated and held leadership in clubs such as Model United Nations and Federal Reserve Challenge. Zack also practiced Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art. Zack developed an extreme passion for one of his activities, YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government, ultimately becoming elected to the highest position of Youth Governor, the student leader of the conference. Zack was also selected to attend New Jersey Boys State, the Youth Governors Conference, the Conference on National Affairs, and completed a summer internship in Investment Controlling and Supply Chain Controlling at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Dusseldorf, Germany. With his passion for community service, Zack led a statewide soup kitchen volunteering program that involved 94 high school students from around New Jersey. Additionally, he started a charity to fund solar panels for an impoverished school in Nairobi, Kenya.
I started CollegeVine because my high school career was characterized by significant personal development and I wanted to extend the lessons I’d learned to other students.
I grew up in a normal Caucasian household, played a ton of sports as a kid, and didn’t even think about college admissions until my sophomore year of high school. My parents wanted me to work hard, but they never exerted any pressure on me to intensively study or join a million activities. I entered high school expecting to be completely average, accepting the path that I was passively on. My friends used to joke that I was bad at math (probably fair even today).
But over the course of high school, something clicked. I developed a strong desire to achieve, and once I found the areas in which I was passionate, I devoted inhuman amounts of time to developing my skills and experience in those areas. I found myself continuously setting higher goals that were completely my own, and I achieved them too. In doing so, I carved my own path through school and had a really, really enjoyable high school experience.
My background has helped me recognize that everyone has a very unique potential, regardless of how that potential is forecasted by family, friends, or teachers. I wanted to be able to help students ignite the fire that makes them successful in any area that makes them passionate, because I saw firsthand how life changing it can be. I’m proud that CollegeVine is a driving force behind recognizing and developing the innate talents of our students, making them more successful leaders and achievers.