Ryan’s Hope: A Career in Law
How a junior is blazing his path through The Forest.
February 2016 – After his first semester at Drew University, Ryan Zink transferred to Rutgers University because he thought he’d prefer the feel of a larger school. But after just one semester, he returned to The Forest, where he felt more at home.
“Upon my return, I ran for a position in Student Government and revived the Pre-Law Society,” said Zink C’17. “I like that there is a strong sense of community here and that I get a chance to see the same people everyday.”
The economics major takes pride in being a junior class senator and president pro-tempore for Student Government and shows no signs of slowing down. In his three years at Drew, Zink, who is minoring in sociology and political science, has developed valuable skills inside and outside the classroom that will prepare him for a future in law.
Off-campus he has been busy as well. Last summer, he worked alongside executive director and attorney, Marlena Moersdorf, at the Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs in Morristown, N.J. as an immigration paralegal intern. His focus was asylum applications.
“I extensively researched Guatemala and drafted a detailed 60-page analysis on their political, social and economic conditions,” he said. “Writing courses here at Drew helped me immensely. Not only are the professors incredibly intelligent and helpful, but also their commitment to engaging students is remarkable. I would not have been as successful during my internship without them.”
In particular, Zink cited classes with professors Jonathan Reader and Kesha Moore that made him a better writer—a skill that’s critical to succeeding at Drew and beyond.
The Glen Ridge, N.J. resident credits his family for instilling the values of hard work and service and sparking his passion for law. His service includes volunteering to rebuild homes in New Orleans, connecting pre-law students to resources and proposing new legislation in student government.
His biggest achievement thus far is reestablishing the Drew Pre-Law Society, a student club that addresses student needs and helps like-minded peers connect. The club provides free practice LSATs, webinars with schools such as Yale and discussion-based seminars.
In addition, Zink is chairman of the Smoking Committee and a member of both the Budgets & Organizations Board and the Constitutional Review Committee. He’s on the baseball team too. He uses the tight-knit community and rigorous coursework to prepare for a legal career and encourages students to do the same.
“Many students contemplate law school but let their major intimidate them from applying,” Zink said. “I urge them not to. If students want to enroll in law school, I will do everything in my power to help them get there.”