My name is Nikki and I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in May 2014. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Journalism and Professional Writing with a minor in Psychology. I have worked in multiple positions where I obtained skills in areas including writing, editing, sports journalism, marketing, and education.
I recently graduated with a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, while still upholding my full-time position here at the University in the Kilachand Honors College. I was promoted in July of 2019 to the Assistant Director for Marketing, Media, and Communications.
I also invest a great deal of time on various side projects in both television and writing. This includes hosting television segments for NESN's Dirty Water TV, where I discuss the latest in sports news among other topics. I am also a Contributing Writer for the popular news website, Thought Catalog. I also published my own blog called Writings by Nikki Zarrella, which is filled with my pieces of writing and personal stories.
I currently work at Boston University in the Kilachand Honors College as the Assistant Director for Marketing, Media, and Communications. In this role, my main responsibilities include developing all marketing materials such as posters, brochures, rack cards, calendars, programs, and booklets for upcoming events, conferences, and open houses. I implemented the "Kilachand Weekly," which is a newsletter I design each week and send out to thousands of Boston University students and faculty. I also maintain and update both our website and all of our social media accounts, assist in event publicity and planning, generate new ways to help our students stay organized and informed about all our events, and manage branding and advertising efforts for recruitment.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
Boston University – Boston, MA
Master of Education - Higher Education Administration
University of Massachusetts Lowell – Lowell, MA
Bachelor of Arts - English and Professional Writing
Major GPA: 4.0/4.0
Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0
Wilmington High School - Wilmington, MA
Awards & Achievements
WHERE I SHINE
Feature in Boston Voyager Magazine - Link Here
"Most Inspiring Stories" section, August 2018
Journalism & Professional Writing Award
University of Massachusetts Lowell, May 2014
WHERE I’VE WORKED
Assistant Director for Marketing, Media, and Communications
Sports Marketing Assistant
June 2014–Sept. 2016
Associate News Editor
Jan. 2013--June 2014
June 2013--Dec 2013
OUT OF OFFICE
Rooting for Boston Sports Teams
WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE
Email Marketing (Mailchimp)
Social Media Management
Content Writing & Editing
Website Design (Wix, Wordpress, Weebly)
Graphic Design (Canva, Photoshop)