CATCHING UP WITH NICK HUCKINS '15

Nick Huckins '15 (Zach Morgan '14 photo)
Nick Huckins '15 (Zach Morgan '14 photo)

What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?

One of the biggest reasons I decided to attend Guilford was my first impression with the lacrosse program. I was going through the recruitment process and visiting a few schools, but I was very impressed with coach (Tom) Carmean and the vision he had for the program. Along with lacrosse, I loved Guilford’s campus and its facilities.

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?

During the summer entering my junior year I interned with Solvay, an international chemical company based in Houston. I had a great experience at Solvay and was able to excel with all the projects I worked on. I had a lot of positive feedback from upper management and was asked to intern with them again the following summer. I worked in a different department the next summer with Solvay and again impressed my superiors with my ability to research and give presentations. Looking back on my experiences with Solvay, I realized that Guilford had successfully prepared me to be successful in a world after college. My classes, especially economics, were research based and stressed the ability to give informative and effective presentations. 

What have you been up to since you left Guilford?

At the beginning of the summer (of 2015) I traveled quite a bit, including a two-week stint in Europe. I went with my family to celebrate my cousin’s wedding in London as I am originally from England. After that, my fiancé and I traveled to Belgium and the Netherlands and visited Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Amsterdam and Gouda. Oh yeah, I also got engaged to my girlfriend at the beginning of the summer. You can say it has been an exciting past couple of months!

How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today? 

My coaches and teachers at Guilford taught me many life lessons I will continue to build upon throughout my life. Guilford taught me to look at the world from different perspectives. It is important when working with other people as a consultant to build good relationships, which means viewing ideas from different perspectives.

What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?

Being a student-athlete has taught me effective time management, as well as the importance of working effectively in teams. I embraced the fact that my teammates recognized me as a leader early on. As a (two-year) team captain, I learned how to effectively motivate my teammates so we could perform at our highest level. Captains also have to make hard decisions, especially if a friend is not performing at the standards expected of him. All of these things have prepared me to work in teams in the corporate world.

What do you miss most about Guilford?

I miss playing lacrosse for Guilford and all the friends that I made while being a part of the program. I know many of the people from lacrosse will be life-long friends. I can’t stress how important being a part of a collegiate athletic team is for college students. It builds relationships with people that share a similar interest with you, and teaches you how to work together to accomplish common goals.

What are your future plans?

I started my job at Deloitte in Houston at the beginning of October as a Business Valuation Associate. I was very fortunate to get the job during the fall semester of my senior year at Guilford and I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life.

What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know? 

You need to visit the school in which you are interested so you can get a personal feel of both the players and coaches there. An athlete will spend so much time with their team that they must feel comfortable around them, as well as have the same goals as one another.

Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.

Last year we beat Randolph-Macon, which secured a spot in the ODAC playoffs for the first time in my four-year career. It was long overdue, but I knew it was the hard work that the team and I had put in over the years got us too that point. My other favorite memory was freshman year during our first good snowstorm of the year. Growing up in Texas, I hadn’t been around snow a lot and went outside to throw some snowballs at incoming friends walking up to Milner. What started as a few friends throwing snowballs turned into a school-wide snowball fight. It will be a memory that I will never forget.

-Nick Huckins '15