Nick Simmons’ dedication to physical fitness unexpectedly helped him find his passion and become a standout student. By his own admission Simmons was a very average student when he graduated from Skaneateles High School in 2012.
Simmons came to OCC, started in a major which he didn’t think was right for him, and stumbled upon his future one day when he was working out at the gym. “A friend told me he was interested in physical therapy. At the time I didn’t know much about it so I started looking into it.” He realized he was very interested in how the human body worked and decided to take a biology class. “I loved it and changed majors.”
Simmons became a Mathematics and Science major and his newly found interest motivated him to excel academically. He became a member of student honor society Phi Theta Kappa, the College Science and Technology Entry Program, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and the summer Bridges program which provides a five-week paid research internship in the Biological Science Department at SUNY Binghamton. Simmons spent part of the summer of 2014 there researching the effects of alcoholism in rats.
Simmons will leave OCC after the fall 2014 semester and transfer to SUNY Binghamton where he will study neuroscience. After graduating from Binghamton he will pursue a degree in physical therapy.