Hi, I’m John!

I am John Ratkowiak, and I have a passion for storytelling. I am eager to explore all areas of Creative Advertising, from art direction to experience design and production. I am a student in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, majoring in Advertising and PR.

I am most recently from Pensacola Beach, Florida, though I grew up in a Military family, so I have called many places home; I was raised in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, and have lived as far away as Okinawa, Japan.

Having moved around so often while growing up, I am at my happiest self when I can explore new territory and immerse myself in new cultures. Along the way, I love to hike, scuba dive, kayak, and climb. Anything that gets me into nature is an ideal use of my time – especially when I have a camera in hand.

My love of storytelling began at an early age. As a kid, I could be found taking the stage, drawing in a sketchbook, and going through one too many disposable cameras. Regardless of the medium, I am enthralled with all things creative and plan to incorporate my artistic passions into my career.