Sigma Frater Cedric Zebaze, Kean University “Greek of the week”
Wearing the colors royal blue and pure white with pride which represents Phi Beta Sigma, Cedric Zebaze always finds a way to help the community inside and outside of Kean University. Zebaze is currently a senior physical education and health major. Zebaze has also currently been nominated for outstanding professional intern in student teaching and has won the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities award. Zebaze also takes pride in stepping for the Mu Phi chapter step team. The step team travels to different places showing their talents, while winning or ranking as one of the top teams, in many competitions, as well as performing for different steps shows such as Jersey’s April’s Step Shows, and Kean “Step it up” Step Show.
Zebaze is currently a student teacher for 6th and 8th grade students and also vice-president of Pan African Student Union (PASU). Although, when Zebaze first arrived to Kean University he did not plan to be a teacher, he enjoys helping the students who will shape the world of tomorrow. Zabaze is presently helping the Plainfield police Athletic League Youth Exposure(PAL), which is an after school program that ranges from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., which is planning to be shut down. That is why Zebaze is helping to organize the 2010 Stroll for Awareness which is a day where Kean students can get together, learn new things, and at the same time, help raise for PAL. Stroll for Awareness will be on April 21, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. outside of the University Center. Zebaze plans to bring the students of PAL to Kean to experience a day in a college environment. “I want adolescent to see for themselves and become motivated to come to college.” In 2009, Stroll for Awareness was a huge success, and $200 were raised for STD awareness month.
Because of his passion for educating students, Zebaze had a program called “So you think you can step?” for resident student at Kean university. 40 residents from different buildings went to experience of stepping, while learning about its history as well. Zebaze showed the students the basic part of stepping and even let them have fun competing with one another. “Stepping brings people together because it doesn’t require any skill and brings unity amongst one another,” Zebaze says with a smile.
When asked who he looked up to and considered his true role model, his honest and simple answer was himself. “I don’t go around saying, ‘I want to be like him.’ No, I want to be myself,” Zebaze explains. Zebaze always tries his best to be the best he can be while helping others. He wants others to look up to him as a role model and to be looked upon a leader to those who wish to follow and eventually become leaders as well. “Don’t be afraid to look at your mistakes because your mistakes will give you the answer that you are looking for.” As a true role model, Zebaze always finds a way to give advice to those who wish to listen.
Zebaze has currently been nominated for outstanding professional intern in student teaching and has won the Who’s who award. Even though graduation is just around the corner, Zebaze is continuously preparing for his future as a student educator. His main goal is to teach fourth through eighth grade students. “I believe that is where the attitude in kids begins and that is where they will need a role model and a figure to look up to the most.”