Nicholas Crimarco, 21, joined the Honors College in 2003 as an incoming first-year-student. He is now a senior in the five-year Psychology program offered at Pace. When he graduates next May, Nick will have his master’s degree. Nick decided on this five-year program in order to advance in his chosen field. “Everyone told me you can't do psychology without a masters so I decided to go for it, he says.” Nick plans on using the five-year masters program as a stepping stone to earning his Ph.D. “When I finally finish school I see myself staying close to academia because I am interested in researching and possibly teaching as well.” You just might see Dr. Crimarco teaching at Pace in the future.
With big goals for his future, Nick also has goals and priorities for today. He is the treasurer of the Psychology Club and part of public relations for the Commuter Network. “The best part of holding positions on an e-board is knowing that your work created events that others enjoyed,” he says. Before he graduates, Nick wants to gain higher leadership roles in the organizations he is part of. He also wants an extensive education and plans on taking courses broaden his horizons. “The brightest and most successful people are the ones that are able to realize how various different disciplines interact with each other,” Nick believes.
Nick describes himself as ambitious and creative and this shows from his dedication to music. When he started college, Nick was the bass player of a heavy metal band called Sentinel. When their guitar player moved to California, the band was put on hold, but Nick joined a new band to keep his musical juices flowing. The project didn’t last long but as of right now, Nick is working with a few members from each band to make some music. “The music combines keyboards and guitar to create something that sounds almost classical,” Nick says excitedly. The band is currently nameless but they plan on playing at the WPAW open mic nights very soon. Even though there has been a lot of switching as far as band mates goes, Nick has been keeping himself musically busy. “I’ve been taking vocal lessons, drum lessons, and writing my own songs,” he says.
With his busy schedule, Nick found time to take a travel course about the art and literature of early England. “It was probably the best decision I made in my years at Pace,” says Nick. “I developed close friendships with people I still see everyday and it sparked my interest in the Arthurian legends. It was also a great cultural experience and I have debated living in England after I'm done with school.”