Psychology (pre-Occupational Therapy) major
Track team thrower
Intramural softball player
"When I searched for colleges, I didn’t rush into any decisions. You have to feel out your situation. Where can you spread your wings?"
Nick is a student of the entire person-from the inner workings of the brain to the tiny bones in the big toe. He knew he wanted to practice occupational therapy when he worked alongside many OTs at a camp for kids with disabilities. He's also a thrower on the track team, an intramural softball player and a full-fledged member of the Ambrose chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
When Nick explored his college options, he found that Ambrose was just the right fit. He enjoys the personal attention that professors can give when classes are small. That kind of support comes in handy when he's balancing class, friends, family and everything else on his packed calendar.
I didn't really want to go to a giant school. People come here because it's small and private. There aren't 80 people all competing for attention in your classroom. And our entire campus is about one square mile, so you don't have to walk very far to get anywhere.
Everyone wants to make friends and to make something of their time here. We have a tight-knit community. I became friends with my teammates and the kids I lived with last year. When you see the same people every day, you form natural friendships.
Kirk Kelley, my anatomy teacher, is an amazingly smart guy. He doesn't just read info off of a note card. He breaks up information to tell a story about it, and you can tell that story is real-he's seen it, or experienced it. It's nice to have a teacher who knows what he's talking about.
I hope so! I haven't missed a meeting or event! My Little Brother is 12 years old and we hang out twice a month. The kids love coming to campus, seeing the residence halls, horsing around in the gym and playing games outside. It's great to see all these Ambrose students reaching out to the community.
I've definitely matured quite a bit. In high school I looked at school as something I had to do. Now I see schoolwork as a way to prove myself. It's less of a job and more of an accomplishment.
I have loans and athletic and academic scholarships. St. Ambrose put together a great package for me. That definitely helps out a ton.
Take advantage of services like the Student Success Center. You can sign up for a tutor and get as much help as you need. The tutors are easy to get along with because they're your year or a little older.
And Health Services is great! Nurse Nancy took some stitches out of my lip. I'm as good as new.
A mini fridge is a big help.