Nicholas Russell is a senior from Waldwick, New Jersey, majoring in Mathematics and Education with minors in Psychology and Computer Science. Nick is the Vice-President of Athletic Bands for the Marist College Band, the Vice-President of Marist’s Pi Mu Epsilon chapter, and is the webmaster and historian for the Kappa Kappa Psi chapter at Marist.
How did you decide on Marist College?
I actually didn’t come to Marist before the Open House. The day I came here, the campus was so beautiful, the math department was so friendly, and the education department seemed so inviting. This was a place that I envisioned I could feel at home for four years.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Marist?
It would have to be going to the NCAA tournament with the band, either in Maryland or in Iowa. In Maryland, I got to be Shooter (the Marist mascot), dancing the Cupid Shuffle with [Band Director] Art [Himmelberger] on live television (Laughs). It was an amazing experience to be able to go to these places and be part of the Marist community someplace else.
How has Marist prepared you for going out into the real world?
I’m going into a Ph.D. program, and the Mathematics program has given me the opportunity to be a part of different research projects. Professor Matthew Glomski let me do research my sophomore and junior year – that’s unheard of in a lot of other places. I had the opportunity to do hands-on work involving the study of Ebola, and that, along with their recommendations, helped me land a research position over the summer at the University of Tennessee.
What would you say to a student thinking about applying to Marist College?
Take advantage of everything you can here. Do not just sit back, because these four years…you’re not going to get them back.
Written by Gregory Rycharski ‘16
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Academic School: Computer Science and Math
Campus: New York