Nick Lee is an Instructional Assistant at American River College in Sacramento, California. He graduated in 2016 from the University of California, Merced with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Writing. Nick is striving to develop student success for first generation college students by working in programs that assist in student success, and plans to continue his passion for assisting students by pursuing a master’s degree in education.
At UC Merced, Nick joined the Fiat Lux Scholars Program in hopes he would succeed as a first generation college student. He applied and was hired to be a Community Scholar for the program. As a Community Scholar, Nick lived within the residence halls and acted as a peer mentor. In the subsequent year, he applied and was hired to be a Lead Scholar for the program, serving as a peer mentor, peer advisor, and peer counselor while holding office hours for students. Over the course of one semester, Nick has spoken to 45 students during office hours. Nick has also planned and facilitated various workshops, such as a public speaking and study habits workshop, in order to assist students in achieving success. On average, the workshops Nick has hosted has seen an average of 15 to 20 students attend. In the following year, Nick was promoted to be a Student Coordinator for the program, serving as a peer mentor and peer advisor for scholars and student staff. Nick has organized training days and topics for incoming and continuing student staff members while also leading weekly team meetings.
Nick’s passion for writing was rediscovered when he took the Writing 10: Reading and Composition course. During his second year at UC Merced, he declared his minor for writing. While his passion for writing continued, Nick took the opportunity to pioneer the Fiat Lux Scholars Program’s monthly Newsletter, serving as an editor, writer, and designer. During Fall of 2014, Nick applied for the Instructional Assistant position for the Merritt Writing Program in hopes of assisting students and continuing his passion for writing. As an Instructional Assistant, Nick has been entrusted to assist professors of an assigned Writing 10 course while also hosting tutoring services at the Writing Center. In 2016, Nick’s creative writing piece, Dear Mr. Comma, was published to the UC Merced Merritt Writing Program’s journal, The Vernal Pool.
After UC Merced
Nick currently serves as an Instructional Assistant in the Reading Across the Disciplines (R.A.D) and the Writing Across the Curriculum (W.A.C.) program at American River College. He provides strategies for reading and overall student success in the R.A.D. program and provides writing consultations in the W.A.C program. Nick hopes to pursue his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Sacramento to learn about and apply student success in a K-12 school setting. His lifelong career goal is to serve as a Principal for a K-12 school.