Nick Mucha, of Valparaiso, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University North Central in May. But he’ll be back on campus in the fall as he pursues his second bachelor’s degree, this one in Human Resources.
At PNC, Mucha’s constant smile and upbeat attitude earned him the nickname of Smiley. His personality and willingness to get involved and help out where needed, helped to make him a popular member of clubs and organizations on campus. He’s never one to sit on the sidelines.
“There are plenty of opportunities & possibilities,” he said.
Some of his campus accomplishments include earning a grade-point average to qualify him for the semester honors list, the Student Support Services Academic Excellence Award. He also gathered Student Support Services Participation and Mentoring awards, was a member of Student Government Association for three terms, was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society, helped the Class of 2010 raise more than $1,000 for the Senior Class Scholarship, worked on the campus Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration and participated in the Hyde Park Forum speech competition.
Off campus, he was equally busy with the Family Bible Church (FBC): Angel Food Ministries and A Time to Imitate Christ (ATTIC) Bible Study, he is a member of the Griffith Izaak Walton League of America and volunteers at its Youth Summer Camp, he volunteer at bingo fundraisers and other events.
“Basically I serve God’s people whenever possible,” he says with a smile.
Mucha’s faith plays a major role in his life. Ideally, he would like to pursue a career with Youth For Christ, an organization committed to helping sixth through 12th-grade students deal with common issues from a Biblical perspective.
Mucha has made the most of his time at PNC, both in the classroom and out. “My favorite times at PNC concern working with my peers and my instructors, being involved, helping people, growing as a person, establishing relationships and having fun while accomplishing a lot,” he said.
“With effective time management, organizational skills and excellent support group of family and friends I stayed focused on the things I needed to complete. By doing this, I had some free time – something that’s important to have!”
But everything in his life wasn’t always rosy, he admits, having to overcome a stutter and a reading disability. He was determined to move forward, set his goals and persevered.
When Mucha earned his degree, he became the first person in his family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree. That’s one of the reasons why he encourages others to do the same.
“Attend college because it’s an exciting time and rewarding experience which can open up a lot of doors. Get involved early, especially in your field, it will give you the experiences you need and develop your contact network.
Classes are small but there are plenty of opportunities and possibilities. Your professors care and try to give their students all the tools to maximize their success. In the end, you’ll earn, a world-class degree.”