Welcome back family, Alumni and friends! For our first Scholar of the Week for this fall semester we sat down with rising senior Nick Ciaramitaro. This brilliant Scholar has done some extraordinary things in and out of the Scholarship House, and we are excited for you to read some of the things he had to share with us.
1. Describe who you are, what you are studying, class level, where you are from, what you plan on doing for the upcoming summer/semester (if you are a senior, then please mention what company you will be working with or what you plan on doing after you graduate) and include some fun facts about you.
Nick: My name is Nick Ciaramitaro, I'm a senior at Mizzou and am from Sunset Country Club in St. Louis. I have been the environmental chair at the Evans Scholarship House, best known for my campaign against recycling pizza boxes, and I am now the president of the Missouri chapter. Environmental protection is a huge element of my life and what has guided me to my career choice. I am going to graduate with a biology major and a minor in History, French and a certificate in cultural diversity and environmental justice. I plan on finishing up my studies at law school to become an environmental lawyer, hopefully studying in Colorado or Louisiana. In my free time, I like to hike the trails around Gans Creek at Rock Bridge State Park and to read. My favorite book is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn; I highly recommend it. If it's a Thursday or Friday night and I'm not at the Evans Scholarship House, more than likely I'll be at East Side singing Stacy's Mom.
2. What has been your favorite memory of living in the Evans Scholarship House?
Nick: The first week of my freshman year at about 2 a.m. some of the older Scholars took speakers out onto the front porch with a microphone and we spent a couple hours singing to strangers on their way back from downtown. Of course, that only lasted until we got a noise complaint. Still a great introduction to the fun of Evans Scholars group living.
3. What has been your favorite memory being a student at Mizzou?
Nick: One of the best experiences I have had at Mizzou was going on a service trip with Mizzou Alternative Breaks. We went to a small town in Howard County and spent two days there serving a unique community I had no idea existed. I made some amazing friends who also happen to have a love for karaoke.
4. On a more serious note, how has the Evans Scholarship helped you grow as a student and as a person?
Nick: Living in a House with 40 other people comes with a lot of perks and challenges. I've had to try and find my own place at Mizzou, and also build a community in the Evans House, where my home away from home has been for the past three years. It's important to figure out balance, and that journey has taught me a lot about myself. Group living is probably the best part about this scholarship; it is the most unique opportunity I have had to get to know a wide variety of different people, their passions and personalities. I've made some incredible friends here.
5. If you had a chance to spend a whole day with Chick Evans what would you do? Is there anything you would want to say to him?
Nick: I would probably ask him to teach me how to play better golf because right now I'm in the triple digits. Of course, I would want to thank him and tell him all the great things that have happened to me because of this scholarship.
6. Finally, if you could mention one sentence about what the Scholarship has meant to you what would it be?
Nick: The Evans Scholarship has given me the tools to grow into the person I am today and brought me where I didn't intend to go, but where I needed to be.
Please stay tuned as we continue to explore and learn about all of our successful Scholars! It has been an amazing start to the semester, and we are excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer! MIZ!