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Staff Spotlight: Derek K.

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This week we bring you Derek K. A Roslyn, Long Island, NY native who has spent a decade helping GradCity travelers gain unforgettable experiences through our programs. Lets learn a little more about him.


What is your position/title at GradCity? – for travel specialists, what regions do you cover?

Travel specialist covering New York City, Long Island and New Jersey

Where are you originally from?

Roslyn, Long Island, NY

Where did you go to high school school?

Roslyn HS

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to spend the last ten years planning the most memorable experience of a students life and being a part of their process from trip planning to being on the actual trip

What’s your favorite Spring Break/ Graduation Trip destination and why?

Nassau Bahamas, – it is where I went on my senior trip and the weather, water, and amazing people are what brings me back each year

What are you guilty pleasures?

Eating Pizza and watching anything on Bravo

What’s something interesting about you/ makes you different from the rest of the GradCity family?

My wife and I co own a pizza truck in NYC

What is your favorite movie quote?derek2

Not from a move but my favorite quote: The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. For he hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he is always doing both. -unknown

What are your hobbies?

Kick boxing and travelling

Who is your favorite DJ/music artist?


What is your favorite high school memory?

Spring break with gradcity in the bahamas

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Seeing the way other people and cultures live their lives

Did you travel with GradCity or StudentCity when you were in school? Where did you go and what was the best part?

I went to Bahamas on my senior trip and Acapulco twice in college. The best part was when gradcity hooked me up VIP style on my senior trip and rented a boat for me and my friends to go on