Nitesh KumarStaff Profile

NITESH KUMAR

Staff Member of the Week 

February 3, 2014

Major

Bio Chem Double Major Pre – Med

Dream Job

Neurosurgeon

Your favorite quote

If there's just one piece of advice I can give you, it's this--when there's something you really want, fight for it, don't give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you've lost hope, ask yourself in 10 years from now, you're gonna wish you gave it just one more shot because the best things in life, they don't come free.

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?

By eating good food, while watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Campus and community involvements beyond ORL

Senator for Class of 2016, Vice President of IWU F1RST

Describe your residence hall floor or community.

Our floor Mural has “Everybody love Everybody” written on top and we follow that motto to the tee looking out for each other.

What’s something you’ve learned from your residents?

My residents are the best residents. Not only we respect each other, but also have established a good communication ground between us, where they feel like they can welcome me to hang out with their friends, watch Netflix and play video games together.

What do you love most about your job?

Being able to help residents in a way that makes their experience better here at IWU. I want them to have a better experience than me, while taking pride in being a great Titan.

What is an important campus resource you wish more students were aware of?

Hart Career Center, it is a door to your future, so make sure you open that door as early in your years at IWU as you can.

What program have you been a part of planning that you’re most proud of?

Funsell Thanksgiving couldn’t have found a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving with my residents and catch up before thanksgiving break.

Have you received any programming awards or departmental recognition?

Yes, last semester I received a “F.R.O.G – For Recognition of Growth” award from ORL and it is posted on my bed side wall. It is nice to wake up to it every morning realizing that I am making a difference in residents life, while promoting personal growth for them and for myself as well.

Advice you have for students looking to increase their leadership skills?  

Get involved in IWU Community. Attend more events, and talk to the supervisors standing at the events. They are always looking for young students to be active in the community, take on leadership roles, and make changes for the better.

Nitesh's supervisor, Liz Vales, shared the following: Nitesh goes out of his way to build his community by spending quality time outside of programming with his residents.  You can find Nitesh playing video games, watching movies, eating lunch or dinner, at a basketball game, or attending a campus seminar with residents.  This community Nitesh has helped create has been so successful because of the genuine friendships he has built with and among the residents on his floor and throughout the hall.

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