Nicholas Russo ‘16

Nicholas Russo

"I decided on St. Joseph's college because it was close to home and cost-effective for my family's budget. Since transferring into St. Joe's my experience has been good. The faculty always make themselves available to me when I need their help; it feels like they actually care.

"I hope to be applying to medical school after graduation, but if that does not work out I will be looking to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. I have always been interested in the healing process as far as medicine is concerned, and I also love the sciences. When it comes to psychology though there comes a whole different dynamic of figuring out what exactly is going on in someone else's head. It adds a whole new level to the mystery of the human condition.

Your grades may not always reflect your efforts but that is not what matters. Character is built by the persistent and consistent effort that you put in to your work. I have come to find that academia is a labor of love.

"St. Joseph's college is an affordable school and, if you live in the area, relatively accessible. No one cares where you went to undergraduate once you get a graduate degree. It's all the same on paper. 

"I have been a member of St. Josephs men's cross country team as well as men's track and field. I am also a member of students against destructive decisions (S. A. D. D.) and the Psychology Club.

Favorite book/quote?

"The Art of Racing in the Rain."

There is one thing that will keep a man and everlasting ignorance — that is the principle of contempt prior to investigation.

What was your dream job as a kid?

"My dream job as a kid was to play baseball for the New York Yankees or any major league team for that matter. That dream started to waiver when I was unable to make the Fordham University baseball team. My current dream of becoming a psychiatrist is still in its infancy, but when I talk about psychology and medicine I get just as excited as when I used to talk about baseball."

Who is your favorite professor and why?

"That's very difficult since I am technically a part of two separate paradigms at St. Joe's. So, my favorite psychology professor would have to be Dr. Quinn. My favorite science professor would have to be a tossup between Dr. Giordano and Dr. Stadler."

Have you been involved in any organizations on campus?

"I have been involved in a work-study program titled Peer Health Educators. In this program I am responsible for providing useful health information to the student body via informational workshops, as well as guiding those in need to outlets on campus for help such as the Wellness Center."

What do you do in your spare time?

"I have a lot of hobbies, most of which are physical activity like running, swimming, skateboarding, etc. One special talent that I have, but not many people know about is I can whistle harmonically. My spare time is usually filled up with a rotation of physical activity, homework, or sleep."

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and why?

"Father Francis Pizzarelli, he provided me with a place to live when I had nowhere else to go and continues to provide for me a power of example on how to truly be of service to others."

Who would play you in a movie about your life and why?

"Either Joaquin Phoenix or Keanu Reeves because Joaquin Phoenix is kind of crazy, like me, but my friends say I sound like Keanu Reeves (he just needs to grow a beard)."

What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

"You try so hard, it must be exhausting trying to compartmentalize yourself into this perfect idea. Stop trying so hard and just be."