Photo courtesy of Ramapo College
A star is born, and he dons a maroon Ramapo College sweatshirt. This fall, Valley native Danny Gurniak appears in The College Tour on Amazon Prime.
Danny Gurniak has done it all: tutoring, swimming, singing, ice hockey, political campaigning, and leading college tours. Now, he can add a television appearance to his list of credentials.
Gurniak, who is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, grew up in Pearl River. He is one of the students featured on The College Tour, an Amazon Prime series that explores colleges across the country through the eyes of their most enthusiastic matriculates and alumni.
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During his time at Ramapo College, Gurniak was fully immersed in student life, whether as a peer facilitator, a tutor, a member of Ramapo’s Student Government Association, an employee in the college’s admissions office, or—perhaps most importantly—as a college tour guide.
The application to appear on The College Tour was “rigorous,” says Gurniak, and included “a one-minute video demonstrating an ability to talk about Ramapo.” But once he was cast in the series, Gurniak found that talking to a camera wasn’t too bad. In fact, it was way easier than inspiring a tour group on a Monday morning.
Gurniak says that sharing his love for Ramapo is one of his “proudest accomplishments.” “One thing I say often is I always want to leave a place better than I found it,” he says.
However, there was one unexpected consequence of appearing in The College Tour. “I might have borrowed my friend Chris’ [sweatshirt] for too long,” shares Gurniak. “He lent it to me at one point and I never returned it. When the video came out, he asked me, ‘Is that my [sweatshirt]?’ And I said ‘No, and you’re probably not getting it back.'”
Check out the full episode of The College Tour on YouTube or Amazon Prime. If you’re most interested in Danny’s segment, watch this abbreviated video in which Gurniak discusses clubs and activities on campus.