Nick Surprise is a first-year Honors student and Biology major who has made Bergstrom Hall his home this year at St. Norbert College. From belting out a harmonic falsetto to Adele on a Saturday night Walmart run with friends to achieving his mission befriending all the squirrels on campus, you never know what’s going to happen next in each moment you spend with Nick! After all, his name says everything about this extraordinary, dynamic, and strikingly fashionable young man!
Nick comes from what he calls "small town roots," residing in Wautoma, in the heart of Wisconsin, where he graduated from a high school class of about 70 students. Small-town life has caused Nick to develop an appreciation for a sense of community and is part of what makes him so special to his fellow Bergies. Nick demonstrates communio daily with his friends, who enjoy being enlightened by his famous hand-picked “Movie Mondays” and checking the dry-erase board on his door every Thursday for an original new meme. While on campus Nick intends to also spend his time and creativity editing for Graphos.
During his high school career, Nick received the honor of earning the coveted title of Eagle Scout and was a Bronze Palm recipient. It is this same work-ethic and determination that allowed him to achieve this accomplishment which led him to apply for the Honors Program. At the top of his high school class, Nick knew the extra academic challenge would fit him well. “I really like being challenged,” he says. “If I’m not being challenged I’m bored… and it kills me.”
Nick plans on sharing his unique personality and outgoing spirit with elderly who suffer from memory loss by working as a geriatric psychiatrist to "bring back memory with music." Nick is also a music minor, whose passion for all things creative can be summed up in a few simple words: “I love music.” Nick certainly seems to be on the right path for this interesting job!
In high school he was heavily involved in numerous leadership positions within the choir, musicals, and band - he was even hired back as a drum line coach this summer. A few of his favorite music-related memories in high school include going to New York to see Newsies on Broadway and the pride he felt in memorizing all of the lines to the three-and-a-half hour production Fiddler on the Roof (to which he still knows the lines and can recite them in character for his interviewer) in just 10 days.
Welcome to the Honors Program, Nick!