Humans of Hiram — May 2019 Spotlight
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Zak Martinjako '19

Hiram college Student Spotlight

By Danni McDonald '19

Zak Martinjako ’19, a computer science major and creative writing minor, has only days until graduation. After four years of calling Hiram College his home, he reflects back on his time at the college as a period of growth and appreciation.

Before Zak came to Hiram, he struggled with socialization but the close-knit communities on campus helped Zak improve his social skills on both a personal and professional level. He was able to take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved with student life.

At Hiram, Zak has worked in the Dray Computer Center for four years and is currently the Helpdesk Student Manager. In addition to this part-time job, Zak has been a computer science ARCH tutor, part of TASC force (an activity-planning group on campus), and was accepted into the Garfield Presidency Scholars (GPS) program earlier this year. As part of GPS, Zak and his classmates studied President Lincoln and traveled to Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois last fall as well as Gettysburg and Washington D.C. this spring to better understand Lincoln and his presidency.

In his computer science major, Zak enjoyed the puzzle-like parts of programming. For his final senior computer science capstone, he completed independent research in music visualization to develop an audio visualization application. For his creative writing minor, Zak gave a reading of some of his works in poetry including a piece from his advanced workshop in fiction. His writing in poetry and fiction explores the pitfalls and woes of relationships and the unrequited at all angles.

In his free time outside of work and class, Zak enjoys playing cards, board and video games, reading, writing, and going for walks with his dog.

Zak credits his confidence and growth in social situations for helping him get his new job at Acumen Solutions in Independence, Ohio for a position in software development.

“For graduation, I’m not as anxious as I thought I would be. I’m sad I’m leaving all the people who I really like here but a part of me is excited—I never would have thought that.”

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