Helping people is very important to Nikolai Tillman because the generosity of others has played a critical role in his life. Tillman helps prepare meals for the Rescue Mission and is becoming a mentor or a “big brother” for the organization Big Brothers and Big Sisters. “Growing up in Brooklyn I used to go the Boys and Girls Club when I was a kid. It really shaped me and help me become who I am now. I know how important it is to give time and help others. You don’t have to give a lot of time. Just give a little bit and it will help.”
Tillman moved to Central New York before his junior year of high school, enrolled in West Genesee and graduated in 2013. He decided to stay close to his new home and come to OCC. “It was definitely different at first. The pace in this area is much different from what I was used to in Brooklyn. I made some really good friends and I enjoy it here.”
Tillman is a member of OCC’s student honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He’s majoring in Humanities and will earn his degree in 2015. He plans to transfer to a four-year college, major in Political Science and ultimately earn a law degree.