About Catalyst Berlin Community & Admissions Lead Sylvia Gozdek

Sylvia Gozdek

Community & Admissions

Sylvia Gozdek’s superpower is recognising prospective students’ potential. While she’s a huge fan of comfy couches, at Catalyst, the Seattle native practically bounces off the walls as she moves between her various activities.

Often called an angel by students and team alike, you’ll find Sylvia answering application-related questions, cracking jokes, stacking snacks, taking observations and harvesting data – in that order. It’s obvious that her favourite part of her role is taking care of those around her.

Before joining Catalyst in 2016, Sylvia trained in anthropology and studied how universities were responding to modern market forces. When we asked the question, “Why aren’t more women studying music production?” in an early Dialogues series, Sylvia was instantly smitten with our school. “I was like… RIGHT ON,” she recalls.

When she’s not being Catalyst’s resident ray of sunshine, Sylvia is at home with her plants and her husband. She is most excited by the variety in life. “I’ve lived in three countries, screamed in a rock band and cooed in a folk band, had 400 hairstyles, completed 10 lifetimes’ worth of introspection, and I don’t think I am even halfway done,” she smiles. 

Sylvia’s dream is to have a home in a sunny, beachy place that she can escape to in the winter. When she’s there, she’ll probably be reading her favourite book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.

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