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Anastasia Tomko

Anastasia Tomko

Communications Fellow & Intern

Major: Communications B.A (Alvernia), Creative Writing A.A (Reading Area Community College)

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Fleetwood, PA

Personality Type: INFJ-T

What is your favorite part about working with O’Pake?

I love being part of the new business incubator, a project in the new building that will help the city of Reading get back on their feet and provide jobs and partnerships in the upcoming year. Before I came to Alvernia and O’Pake, my last job was as a Career Center Specialist at Reading Area Community College (RACC). This job included meeting many wonderful students one on one in the career center. I learned so much about outcasts in the city that thought there was no place in this world for them to get hired. Helping them build confidence and write resumes, I developed a love for Reading, the people, and the place I was originally born.

What are your goals in the future?

I met Rodney on a whim during a photoshoot midway through my second semester at Alvernia. During that time, I was in the process of quitting a work study position for the communications department, a department that is ever changing and evolving with the university. Meeting him felt like a path in the right direction.

My career goal has always been to be a screenwriter, someone that writes scripts that have words that mean something to viewers watching. That goal was the main reason I started at RACC. With the help I achieved there and the different fields of experience I am now getting trained in, my career goal is put on hold in order to help my community and learn what I can with talented people around to help me.

How will O’Pake help you reach these goals?

Sure, O’Pake can’t get me on my feet in California at the drop of a hat. Any passion takes time. With the different skill sets that I learn with added help from other fellows and the leadership team to help guide me, I think my big dream can be achievable as long as I stick with it and never give up.

What is your favorite memory at Alvernia?

Meeting my Aunt for the first time in a decade. She is a Sister in the Bernardine Order and I haven’t seen her since I was little because she has been stationed in Puerto Rico. She just recently came back to her Order following the passing of her fellow Sister stationed there.

I’ve recently helped her with work at the Mother Veronica Resource Center in Reading, where. she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL). Seeing her happy for the first time since moving is the reason I decided to stay at Alvernia and not consider learning elsewhere.

What made you decide to study at Alvernia?

It is close to my home and close to all my family. The University as well has a good relationship with RACC, which made it seamless to transfer after graduating with an associate degree in May, 2019.

Who or what inspires you and why?

I am very much drawn into different cultures than my own. It’s what prompted me to choose the ‘Film, Culture and Creative Arts’ track that the Communication program at Alvernia provides. I am very much inspired by Asian- specifically Korean and Chinese storytelling and how it opens a whole new world of different writing styles and unique creative possibilities. One must open up to diversity around them to truly understand how much beauty is out there to create, guide and help one another.

What is a quote that you abide by?

“When you’re scared but you do it anyway, that’s brave.” – Coraline

What is something that someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I was born a triplet with two brothers. When asked a unique fact about myself, I have often struggled not to put down this fact, and that- well, yes, my brothers are a very big part of my life. I was the last one born out of the three of us. Now that I just turned 21, I feel like it’s my mission to make myself stand out as not my brother’s sister, but someone with their own passions and opinions.