Graduate Assistant for Community Outreach and Programming
Hi, I’m Nick and I am very excited to be a part of the CASA team this year. At Villanova I will be enrolled in the English Department and plan to study the contemporary American novel to learn more about how writers view the relationship between the individual and the community. Originally from the Philadelphia area, I was an undergraduate at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA where I discovered collard greens and ate my first plate of grits (they’re both incredible). In addition to studying literature and creative writing, I also played baseball. Being a collegiate athlete was a major time commitment, but it taught me some seemingly cliché lessons, like how to lose gracefully and monitor my ego.
After college I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, or what kind of person I wanted to become, so I looked for a job I could work online in order to do some traveling. I got certified in ESL and started teaching English over an internet phone to Korean Businessmen in Seoul, South Korea. I used the opportunity to backpack through Europe, visit some of my students in Seoul, and travel through South America. The majority of the time I stayed with locals kind enough to host me on their couches. My experiences taught me a lot about bridging cultural gaps, but also gave me a lot of time to think about more personal issues, like my relationship to technology. However, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in Philadelphia and to take part in the incredible music scene here.
In the end, all of the many, many profiles we create and update for our online selves are inadequate. I think these profiles try to pin down our personhood into a definable object, when in fact we are all too many things, forever changing, to adequately describe with a profile pic and a few words. To slightly misquote the great American Walt Whitman, “we are large we contain multitudes.” So stop by CASA and say hello to the real me!