“I think everybody’s dream is to have that great idea. One of my dreams is to create a product or business and have that be successful,” said Nick Malinowski, a School of Business marketing major and student-athlete on the soccer team.
Malinowski, who’s only a sophomore, has already started to make a name for himself. He was recently awarded the Peter N. Stearns Provost Student Athlete Award, presented to students who have completed 38 credit hours and have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75.
“It’s nice to see hard work paying off. Faculty and my family are a big motivation behind the drive to be the best in everything that I do. That’s what I strive to do,” said the Cleveland, Ohio native.
Malinowski chose George Mason University due to of its proximity to Washington, D.C. He decided to major in marketing, because it allows for creativity and flexibility. “It’s all dependent on you solving a problem in the best way possible. I like how you’re able to analyze a problem and there’s a lot of independence in finding the best way to go about it, and it’s personalized,” he said.
In addition to keeping a busy schedule between class and soccer, Malinowski is involved with an internship, student organization, and recently launched his own business.
Malinowski serves as a remote regional manager intern for Give Butter, a fundraising company for non-profits. “My job is to expand the outreach of the program and to get people to use the platform. It’s beneficial for users through their fee structure,” he said.
The entrepreneurial effort inspired him and, he says “drove me to start fundraising myself to start an online marketplace for students to resell their textbooks directly with other students,” he said.
Malinowski recently launched UniText, a full-service campus marketplace where students can sell textbooks, electronics, appliances, and furniture. He strategically launched the business towards the end of the semester to build inventory, and hopes to expand to other schools in late fall 2018 if UniText has been successful at George Mason.
He is pursuing internship opportunities for this summer, and wants to make use of the technology on-campus, including 3D printing, to develop product prototypes. Malinowski also hopes to become more involved with like-minded student entrepreneurs to learn more about their ventures. “It’s encouraging and those are the type of people I want to connect with. Your network is more important than your résumé in a lot of ways.”