Throughout his four years at Monmouth, Nick Waltman made the most of all his opportunities. Excelling in the triple jump, he helped the MU track team capture multiple indoor and outdoor NEC championships. Academically, he was just as successful. An inductee into Chi Alpha Sigma—the national college athlete honor society—Nick made the dean's list every semester while studying political science. He even worked at the Union County Prosecutor's Office, handling grand jury reports, observing cases, and shadowing prosecutors. Though he graduated in May 2013, Nick is still excelling in New Jersey, this time at Seton Hall Law School. He hopes to one day become a judge.
Faculty Member Influence
Dr. Joe Patten. There's no one more knowledgeable and energetic, and he really cares about the kids. He loves what he does. I took four classes with him; he has so much passion for the subject and for student success, and he's going to push you until you get what you want. He's actually the one who propelled me to go to law school.
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
The connections helped. Dr. Patton is close with a lot of alumni, so there were always good networking opportunities, as well as training for job interviews and resume building.
Organizations that helped me as a student
The track team helped me stay on a structured path; I learned how to allocate time for studies. And socially, I made new friends quickly and easily.
Collaborations that I've been involved with
I wrote a 30-page thesis about fundraising and politics and whether money can buy you an election seat. Dr. [Thomas] Lamatsch was my advisor. He's really knowledgeable and has so many real-world experiences, from business to academics; he used to be the assistant director of the MU Polling Institute.
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
Monmouth is a great institution, and the campus is beautiful. You get to know your professors well, and everyone is just so outgoing and sociable. I made a ton of friends.
My favorite Monmouth memory
The first basketball game held at the MAC. Isiah Thomas [the former Knicks head coach] was coaching Florida International, and this was his first time back in the tri-state area. The MAC was packed; it reminded me of a Big East school. There was so much school spirit.