Nick graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A in philosophy and a minor in comparative Literature, he also completed an M.A in philosophy at The City University of New York. He is also a founding editor of Pinky Thinker Press, an interdisciplinary arts journal. Nick hopes to complete a PhD in philosophy in the near future. He enjoys nurturing his reading addiction, short story and poetry writing and film-watching. His personal and intellectual philosophy expresses itself in a commitment to always finding an interesting, even downright exciting avenue of study in even the most (at first blush) unspectacular-sounding fields.
Everything, every discipline or job, has an angle that touches on the philosophical, an area where difficult, thought-provoking questions are posed and answered. Nick brings this approach to his work with students: whether their interest lies in comparing indigenous religions or dissecting contemporary macroeconomics, Nick seeks out the particularly vital points of interest that ignite his students’ curiosity. He has a great deal of experience in writing essays with students that take experimental approaches, although sometimes a more straightforward strategy is the approach that serves the student’s needs best.
His (current) favorite essay written with an Ivy Scholars student is a personal statement he helped a former student compose. The essay uses an extended analogy based on the student’s love for fly fishing: illustrating that reeling in a great fish is like pulling in a grand idea or concept. What makes this essay special lies in the perfect balance it achieves between the high and low, the heady and the intimate, the fated and the random. It is both deeply idiosyncratic and completely relatable to anyone who has gone through the process of dealing with a tough, unfamiliar situation.
Fun Fact: I am addicted to reading books that have no practical relation to my life.
Alma Mater: Rutgers University
Based In: New Jersey
“We fill preexisting forms and when we fill them we change them and are changed” – Jorge Luis Borges.