Congratulations to Nick Spittler, our first mentor of the week this semester!
We interviewed Nick to find out what makes him such a great mentor:
1. What are you studying and why?
I’m studying biochemistry. I liked drawing molecules in orgo, and I like understanding how those molecules fit into biochemical pathways and cycles. I think it’s cool learning the flow of chemical energy. And I want to be a physician someday.
2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?
I started BnB 4 semesters ago as a junior. It’s for the kids, but it’s also really rewarding. I try to instill values in the kids that were important to me throughout my childhood—staying physically strong and mentally awake. I try to put concepts in terms that the students will understand and will want to understand. For example, when I was trying to teach Tyler, who was pretty unenthused about learning math, how to average three values, I asked him about his favorite basketball player. Then I asked him if he wanted to find out the player’s average number of points from the previous three games. I saw his eyes light up as he went on to calculate LeBron James’ point averages, and then assists, and then rebounds. It’s really gratifying to see kids like Tyler get excited when you walk in the door. I believe that mentors like myself have the ability to make a real impact on the kids’ lives. We try to set an example and be role models as students who have worked hard and attend college, something that many of the kids lack.
3. What is your nickname?
On the court they call me The Penetrator. I’m strong under the hoop, and I get there every time.
4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above.
The rooftop of Louderman on a clear spring night
5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?
The Women’s Building where all the sorority girls are always walking in and out of has the best scent. I’m sensing that Flowerbomb is gonna be hot this spring.
6. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?
I had a dream one time about a bunch of crazy hybrid animals. And in my dream they could all talk, so I’m guessing this gorillager has the power of speech. I’d put on my gorilla suit and talk with the gorillager as a long lost brother. I’d serve him/her some wild game and a banana smoothie and ask about his/her problems. We’d quickly become best friends, and I’d show the gorillager all the good BnB does at local St. Louis schools. The gorillager would no longer want to rip BnB apart but strengthen the bonds of our great organization. Together we’d make a great team.
Thanks Nick for all of your hard work and dedication to Books and Basketball!