The PEAR Department is taking this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the seniors on our varsity athletic teams. We know that they have poured their hearts and souls into their teams during their time at Carleton and we are excited about what the future holds for each of them. Keep checking back in the coming weeks as we take the time to highlight each of these individuals. Click here for our Senior Spotlight archive.
Varsity sports played at Carleton:
Track and Field
Grosse Pointe, Mich.
What are your plans after graduation?
Ideally, if my Dash Coin and Bitcoin investments pan out, I’ll hop on a plane to Buenos Aires (the city with the highest number of bookstores per capita in the world), and become a novelist, taking advantage of Argentina’s easily-acquired “rentista” visa and low cost of living, and become a patron of string quartet concerts and operas, and do my best to improve my fiction writing skills until I can get published.
But when grown-ups ask me what I’m going to do, I usually say “I have some grad school applications out, but I’m also looking for a job in tech, finance, or industry. We’ll see how things pan out”, which seems to satisfy most people.
What was your favorite sports moment at Carleton?
On the bus back from indoor conference championships 2020, I had my electric kettle because we had stayed the night. It was the men’s and women’s teams together on a bus. The bus was in idle outside the Panera in St. Cloud, Minnesota, (where the women’s coaches were buying food) and I thought a cup of coffee sounded nice. So, I plugged in my kettle to the bus outlet, and after ramping up for about 10 seconds, the power to the kettle cut out and all the bus lights went out and the bus stalled.
Imagine my concern! The bus driver was concernedly muttering about something with the electricity, and I was thinking “Oh no, did I really just strand all 70 of us in St. Cloud?” Apparently boiling water puts excessive strain on a power grid, and a charter bus can’t handle the same load as an outlet in a house. Who would have thought? Betcha they don’t teach you that at a Liberal Arts College!
Anyways, he got the bus started again and we all made it home, but I was pretty worried there for about ten minutes. It’s a funny story which I haven’t told many people until now.
Why did you choose Carleton?
Who knows why people make this decision or that one? I certainly don’t. It suffices me that I came here. I think any reason I give now is just post-hoc justification.
Perhaps there’s something to this reasoning, though. We humans would probably be very unhappy to constantly dwell on what we did or did not do. It’s good mental well-being practice to be deliberate about big choices, and stick to them, regardless as to whether the choice was “optimal” or not (which we can never really know, not being able to live out all possibilities).
I was deliberating between Carleton and Northwestern. I had the feeling that, should I have chosen the latter, I would be left wondering what Carleton would have been like. But I did not have the same feeling (call it “apprehension” if you so desire) about Carleton.
Outside of athletics, what will you miss most about Carleton?
The ease of meeting people.
What else has your Carleton experience included?
I studied abroad in Berlin in Fall of 2019 on the Carleton German Studies OCS.
What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective student-athletes?
Trying to out-do everyone you know with how stressed/tired/over-worked you are, and stand at the top of the virtuous pyramid of the suffering, is a fool’s game.
What is a favorite memory you have of your head coach?
Dave is pretty funny. I like his sense of humor.
Quote from Head Coach Dave Ricks:
Nick was a great surprise to me. He is a guy that can always be counted upon when the team needs help. He is a hard worker, but even a greater competitor. I look forward to seeing him every day at practice. This pandemic has limited that contact. You can’t understand the entertainment value that Nick brings to this team and coaching staff. I will really miss hearing about the things that pop into his head on a daily basis.