Busy college students like Nick Sotiros ’17/M ’17 thrive when they find ways to balance their classes, homework, sports, family and friends, career planning and more.
Playing first base for the Cardinal baseball team didn’t detract from Nick’s future career as an accountant for PwC, a Big Four accounting firm. During the summer of 2016, he was hired for an internship at PwC in Milwaukee, Wis., near his hometown, then offered a full-time position after graduation. Nick hopes to be the chief financial officer of a company someday.
Thanks to good planning and transferring Advanced Placement credits into North Central, Nick graduated cum laude in June 2017 with a B.S. in accounting, an M.B.A. and a job at PwC—all accomplished in four years. During his final year on the team, he studied for his CPA exam.
“If you want to play a sport, there’s plenty of time to get everything done—you just have to practice good time management,” he said.
“During the baseball season, we had practice at 7 a.m. and you had to schedule your classes to start in mid-morning. We were done by 3 p.m. for batting practice and games. They usually lasted until 6 or 6:30 (p.m.), and fortunately most of our road games weren’t too far away.”
Nick was named the Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference selection in June 2016 by the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW), which honors outstanding athletic performance and academics. He graduated with a 3.68 grade-point average.
“It’s been a special experience to be a part of the baseball program and I’m grateful I had the opportunity.” His team had a historic 2017 season, which featured baseball's third-straight CCIW regular season championship, a CCIW Tournament Championship, Central Regional Championship and playing in the final four of the College World Series.
To learn more about Nick, click here for a feature on the athletics website.