Nick W. – CIP Berkeley Alumni
Nick is a CIP Berkeley alumni who is on track to graduate from Humboldt State University this year with a B.A. in Geography.
During his time at CIP, Nick attended college at Berkeley City College, volunteered at Claremont Canyon planting redwood seeds, and held an internship at Sausal Creek propagating and planting native plants and monitoring water, bird, and aquatic insects. He took advantage of the many offerings the Berkeley area has available and CIP’s 4 planned weekend activities per week.
Nicks interests include maintaining the National Parks in California, Oregon, and Washington, working with organic products and fair trade certified stores and other companies related to healthy products. Along with being an avid runner, he eats healthy and grows his own vegetables.
Nick was nice enough to take some time recently to check in with us regarding his progress in college, employment, and life:
What types of accommodations/supports do you receive in college?
I am given extra time on exams–usually double time or more. I have a friend/social worker named Jessica who I see once or twice a week. Also, I sometimes see a young woman of nearly my age who attends HSU and who also is a social worker for me. One other person I meet with every few weeks is the owner of the company they both work for, HCAR, named Bill.
What is some past work experience you’ve had?
Two work positions I have had are a landscaper’s assistant (involving lawn mowing, trimming, sweeping, blowing) and an employee of a Nursery in Danville largely involved in watering plants, helping the store look presentable, and hauling products into customer vehicles.
What is your ideal job?
One of my ideal jobs is a worker on an organic farm.
Are you receiving financial support while enrolled in college?
I receive assistance that helps pay for my apartment and other expenses. I have assistance in paying my rent, gas, electricity, and internet, and independently manage my checking account.
What are some of your hobbies?
Some hobbies include reading books in a library that pertain to wildlife, running on most days of the week, and eating out two to three times a week at fast food restaurants and restaurants. In my spare time I might go for a walk in a nearby park or watch weather news.
What are you most proud of since leaving CIP?
Since leaving CIP I have become proud of my ability to cook healthy meals for myself and complete my assignments without supervision. A part of CIP I found most useful were the outings in areas outside of Berkeley because they offered more variety.
If you could still have 1 part of the CIP program
The recreational trips.
Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 5 years?
I see myself working on an organic farm in Sacramento or helping with reforestation efforts in the state of Washington within one year. In five years I see myself with a number of friends and traveling internationally with a humanitarian charity organization.
What advice would you give to a new CIP Berkeley student?
I would give newly enrolled CIP students the advice to take advantage of recreational trips to San Francisco and see some of the museums.