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Nickolas Hartman

Class of 2020

Nickolas Hartman

Hometown: Smithville, Missouri

High School: Smithville High School

Major: Communication with a Leadership concentration and a minor in Spanish

Campus Activities: Cru (Student Leader), Honors Program, Student Alumni Council, Dean’s Council, University Ambassadors, Campus Standards Board, Community Advisor, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

What internships/jobs have you had?

This past summer I worked with the Missouri Baptist Convention Summer Mission program. I worked with the youth group at my home church in Smithville! It was one of the best jobs I’ve had. Other jobs include working for the Club at Marimack as the assistant to the manager, Americans for Prosperity as a political operations intern and the St. Joseph Mustangs as a communication and statistical analysis intern. All of these positions have played an imperative role in helping me figure out what I want to do in the future.

What are your career plans?

When I graduate William Woods, I plan on going to a Baptist university to get my Masters of Divinity and training to be a Pastor. After receiving my Masters, I want to go overseas to plant churches for a few years. When I return home, I want to plant a church somewhere in the states and hopefully be the Pastor of that church for years to come.

Why did you come to William Woods?

I chose William Woods because of the small community that made up WWU! Everyone knows everyone and the faculty and students genuinely care about you. Whether it's needing help with financial aid to working through a decision or issue, everyone on campus is ready to help and point you in the right direction.

What has been your favorite class here so far?

My favorite class so far has been Interpersonal Communication with Professor Aimee Sapp, the class was incredibly interesting and one that I have been able to apply in my everyday life.

What has been your favorite LEAD event so far?

Dr. Lori Hart was my favorite LEAD event because, like all LEAD events, it was very informative. It was all about communication and as a Communication major, I found it super interesting.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started at William Woods?

I wish I had known that it’s okay to focus on you. Don’t try to please everyone, do what’s best for you. Stay true to your beliefs and enjoy every experience.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about you?

That my faith is one of the most important parts about my life. I want to inspire others to live their faith boldly and to love Jesus and others every day.

Have you ever had a fun nickname?

Nicholas. My brother and best friend came up with this because my name is spelled uniquely with K instead of an H and they knew it bothered me.

What is your favorite thing in your room here and why?

My books. There are books about leading, loving, inspiring, and sharing Jesus with others. My bookshelf is my place to grab a book, read, and just relax!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

There are two trees over by Junior Lake that I tie my hammock to and relax, read, and do homework. This is my favorite place because it’s peaceful, quiet, and beautiful.

Where do you like to study?

The library. One of the best tips I can give is to study often and don’t cram. Cramming will never give you the information you need to be successful. Just study throughout and then you’ll be prepared for quizzes and exams.

What is a typical weekday like for you at William Woods?

Typically I’ll wake up, make myself a mean breakfast of a mug treat and yogurt, then I’ll head to my classes. Around 12, I head to lunch, then after that typically I’ll attend a meeting or LEAD event. I’ll have another class sometime between 2 and 3 and then after that, I’ll hang out with some friends or head to the McNutt Student Center to get mail. After that, I’ll head to Tucker to get dinner, then I’ll do homework, study, or go to another meeting or LEAD event. After that, I spend some time reading both a book and my Bible.

What is your favorite place in Fulton? Why?

First Baptist Fulton, I love going to church on Sundays and volunteering at youth group on Wednesday evenings. Both of these keep me busy and connected and the church has really become a family for me.

What has surprised you the most about going to school at William Woods?

Everyone is so supportive and the university itself is a family. I have never had a moment where I’ve doubted my choice in college and I’m thankful for that. The university is very organized as well and chatting with friends there are a lot of better differences in my collegiate experience over there’s.

What has been the most challenging part of college?

Managing time. If you struggle with it, it can be very stressful. Ensuring that there is time for everything and keeping yourself healthy is the biggest challenge for me.

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What is your favorite memory of your time here at William Woods so far?

My favorite memory from my time at William Woods would have to be experiencing the solar eclipse last year. It was so beautiful and it was amazing to experience it with the family I was just beginning to build at Woods.

Who is your favorite faculty or staff member?

It’s hard to choose one because the staff and faculty at Woods is incredible. I would say Teresa Matthews, the logo store manager, is the one I’ve connected with the most. She has become my Fulton mom and I’m thankful for how inviting the logo store is!

What is your superpower?

The ability to spontaneously combust.