Chance At A New Future

Obama won the election.  Whether or not you like this statement or not, one thing shines through.  U.S. citizens are witnessing issues in the political and economic system.  People turned out in droves to vote for the person who they felt would do a better job at tackling the issues.  What these people need to realize is that this person is THEMSELVES.  Sitting helplessly and pointing all of your past and current problems at one individual is dodging the real problem.  I am a firm believer in this definition of insanity.  “Insanity is doing the same thing time and time again and expecting a different result.”  If you want a change in your life, MAKE THE CHANGE.  If you want to see a difference at your job or in school, BE THE CHANGE.

As I progress through the program at STLCOP, I constantly feel the pressure of growing up.  I have to make decisions that will affect the rest of my life.  It’s very scary to think of the consequences of a poor choice, but it’s equally as exciting to think of the power that I have to positively impact others.  I have been given the wonderful opportunity of being born a citizen of the United States of America, and I intend on taking advantage of the freedoms that this brings.  YOU NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SAME BENEFIT.

I hope this blog post makes you really think and realize the tremendous power that you do have as a citizen. Not everyone is on the same playing field, but if we all do our best to advance our current situation and the situations of others, we will finally turn this nation around.  It is our duty to not only make the change in ourselves, but hold others accountable as well.  We are all on the planet together and we all want to succeed.  Why not work together?

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Family Weekend 2012

Family Weekend is a staple in the school year, not only for myself but also for my dad.  He absolutely LOVES coming up to school during Family Weekend.  He was packed literally days in advance!  He was just so excited.  This year my sister got to come up and spend the weekend with my dad and I.  They got to campus at about  8: 30 Friday night.  After getting settled we spent the night watching The Office Season 1. 

My father slept in my bed while I stayed on the couch.  My sister was lucky enough to be able to sleep in Alyssa Wilt’s room.  She was nice enough to offer her extra bed.  That Saturday morning, we went to breakfast with the Deans and Dr. Pieper.  Then we went on a trolley ride around wonderful St. Louis.  I learned that during the 80s there were houses that sold for $300,000.  Those same houses now go for millions! 

Throughout the day we relaxed, played catch with the football and watched the play Noises Off.  The play was absolutely fantastic.  It still amazed me how those students memorize so many lines. 

After a barbeque on the quad for dinner, my mother, dog, and sister’s boyfriend came.  We went for a walk and I got to show off my favorite puppy!Image
My mother, dog, and sister’s boyfriend all left that same night and the rest of us played Frisbee!  Afterwards we relaxed and called it a night.

The next morning we went to The Journey for an awesome service.  My dad and sister then left for a college day at SLU. 

I am so thankful for my wonderful family and the opportunity that was given to me by STLCOP to see them!  I feel rejuvenated after this weekend and ready to work hard the rest of this semester.  (It’s almost November!!!)

I was pretty ne…

I was pretty nervous this past week having my first Physics and Organic Chemistry tests.  I made sure to not let that get me down.  I knew that I’d have some prime time football to watch on Sunday!  The St. Louis Rams took on my Washington Redskins.  My dad surprised me with tickets early in the week and I was giddy with anticipation all the way to kickoff. 

I got to go to the game with my father, mother, and grandfather.  We stuck out like sore thumbs because we were decked out in our Redskins gear.  The waiter at Tortillaria was even giving us a hard time!  (All in good fun though, I do recommend that restaurant to anyone visiting the Central West End) 

Even though the Redskins didn’t win, the game was still exciting and fun to watch.  My heart was about ready to pound out of my chest!  I couldn’t ask for a better weekend.

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Ask Nick 2.0

Hey guys, I’m doing another ask Nick anything!  Or as Redditors would call it an AMA.  (Ask Me Anything)  Leave your questions below and I will try to answer them asap.

First Week of School

It feels oh so good to be back!

I’ve been working really hard getting prepared for an amazing school year.  I have not one but two planners that I’ve been organizing this past week.  It’ll be really busy, but that’s how I like it. 

I came back to school a week early to go through RA training.  It was ridiculously fun!  I got to mesh with the other RAs and learn a lot of the tricks to the trade.  I worked really hard on the floor and early programs and I think they turned out very well. 

I’m really excited about the residents, especially my floor!  They all seem really cool and interesting.  I’m really enjoying getting to know them. 

My classes are going pretty well so far.  Organic chemistry is way more interesting than general chemistry.  I have to write a paper tonight for my leadership class.  I highly recommend it to anyone who can take it.  I learned so much and had a great time as well. 

I’ll leave you 1st years with a question.  How has your first week of school been?  Let me know!

Summer Leadership Class 2012

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From left to right, back row first: Meredith, Bubba, Emily, Katie, Manny, Xi (Cecy), Mara, Alyssa, Nick (Me!)

This past week at STLCOP I got the wonderufl opportunity to attend the inaugral summer leadership class taught by Dr. Rickert.  It started on Sunday and went all the way through until Friday.  We moved in Sunday afternoon and checked into our rooms. 

After getting settled in, we left to eat at Salt with the Deans, Dr. Rickert, and the Student Affairs Staff.  This restaurant was like something from a movie!  It was incredibly fancy!  After eating, Dr. Pieper spoke to us about leadership and its key components.  The evening was great and a tremendous way to kick off an awesome week.

A typical day at the course involved a morning session with Dr. Rickert, a presentation from the Student Affairs Staff, lunch, and then another similar series with Dr. Rickert and the Student Affairs Staff.  Dr. Rickert’s lectures touched subjects about leadership that ranged from Modeling the Way to Inspiring a Shared Vision.  His lectures were filled with great visuals (movies!) and self-reflection in the form of writing.  The Student Affairs Staff touched an even wider range of topics.  We learned about time management, discovered our core values, etc…

Each and every night we had to write about our experience in a journal on Moodle.  It is safe to say that I wrote about a thousand words every single night.  There was just so much personal growth taking place!

This class will be with me for the rest of my life.  It was a foundation that will only build from here.  I had so much fun and had so many great memories!

Inspiration in the Strangest Place

If you haven’t been to the Van’s Warped Tour, then you need to make sure you set aside time to go next year.  I recently went for the second time, and it may have been better than the first time.  Both experiences were so amazing that they’re hard to compare.  It’s like trying to compare ice cream with pizza.  You can’t go wrong either way!

For those of you who don’t know what Warped Tour is, I’ll explain.  About fifty bands, some mainstream and others local, play in an all day event.  You can walk and see whatever bands you decide to watch.  Often times, the artists are available to meet at their respective merchandise tents.  Warped Tour is packed with a tremendous amount of people.

I saw eight bands in one day.  That is unheard of for the price of around $50.  I saw the bands; Motionless in White, Breathe Carolina, We The Kings, Miss May I, All Time Low, Yellowcard, and Rise Against.  Every single performance was impressive and fascinating to see.  It’s hard to comprehend all of the sacrifices that these people must go through to make it as musicians.  They spend countless hours at their craft, and luckily they didn’t fail like many of their peers.  It’s amazing to see people striving to accomplish what they want in life, and succeeding.

Inspiration can be found in the strangest of places.  Comparing rock musicians with pharmacy students is no easy task when viewed on the surface.  Digging deeper, you can see the dedication and persistence towards success and perfection.  Every single day both musicians and students strive to become the best that they can be for their respective futures.  Seeing and hearing a band’s amazing work is just as special as witnessing a pharmacy student take those last final steps to receive a diploma.  Both requrie countless hours, sleepless nights, and sacrifices.  They are also both very much worth the struggle.

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