Nick Lee is a University of California, Merced student with a major in Political Science (B.A.) with an emphasis in American Politics, and a minor in Writing. Nick is striving to develop student success for first generation college students by working in programs that assist in student success, and also plans to continue his passion for writing by assisting other writers in a communicational team position.
At UC Merced, Nick joined the Fiat Lux Scholars Program in hopes he would succeed as a first generation college student. He applied and was hired to be a Community Scholar for the program. As a Community Scholar, Nick lived within the residence halls and acted as a peer mentor. In the subsequent year, he applied and was hired to be a Lead Scholar for the program, serving as a peer mentor, peer advisor, and peer counselor while holding office hours for students. Over the course of one semester, Nick has spoken to 45 students during office hours. Nick has also planned and facilitated various workshops, such as a public speaking and study habits workshop, in order to assist students in achieving success. On average, the workshops Nick has hosted has seen an average of 15 to 20 students attend.
Nick’s passion for writing was rediscovered when he took the Writing 10: Reading and Composition course. During his second year at UC Merced, he declared his minor for writing. While his passion for writing continued, Nick took the opportunity to pioneer the Fiat Lux Scholars Program’s monthly Newsletter, serving as an editor, writer, and designer. During Fall of 2014, Nick applied for the Instructional Assistant position for the Merritt Writing Program in hopes of assisting students and continuing his passion for writing. As an Instructional Assistant, Nick has been entrusted to assist professors of an assigned Writing 10 course while also hosting tutoring services at the Writing Center.
Nick plans to move to Fresno in hopes of working closely with first generation students at Fresno City College or Fresno State for two years as a mentor. During those two years, he also plans on finding an internship with a business or company in the communication department to further develop his skills as a writer. Nick then plans on pursuing his Master’s Degree in the near future.