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After graduating from high school in a small town in northern Illinois, Nicholas attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Double-majoring in English and history, he also participated in numerous theatrical productions as an actor, director, writer and producer.
The next stop was Wuhan, China, where Nicholas went to teach English at Central China Normal University. As a Foreign Expert and English professor, he was responsible for teaching classes of 30 or more students both Oral English and English Writing. While in Wuhan, he fell in love with journalism by listening to American news podcasts online.
He enrolled in the graduate program at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism when he returned home. Nicholas graduated from Medill in December and is now seeking employment.