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chemistry whiz AND competitive swimmer

Nick Hora, '16 graduate

This piece was published during Nick's senior year as a Blugold chemistry major.

Senior Nick Hora got hooked on chemistry in high school. And it came easy to him. The Cedarburg native liked how math combined with chemistry. "I am a numbers guy; I like working through problems," Nick says. Now a chemistry major and University Honors Program participant at UW-Eau Claire, Nick is developing skills that enhance his knowledge in both the lab and the classroom. "Not only are these skills valuable in research, but I'm also learning how to communicate in the scientific world," he says. He's currently part of a faculty-student research team working on computational and physical chemistry with professor Jim Phillips. "Not many people know that UW-Eau Claire has one of the best chemistry programs in the Midwest," Nick says. When he's not in the research lab or in the classroom, Nick often finds himself in the water. A competitive swimmer for 11 years, he's been a member of the Ozaukee Aquatics club, the Cedarburg High School swim team and now the Blugold swim team. At this year's conference meet, he placed in the top 16 in every one of his events. While he enjoys the satisfaction he feels after finishing a hard practice, he's also gained a whole lot more from being a swimmer. "I've learned time management by having to deal with tough schedules; dedication by knowing that every practice counts; and how to be a team player by offering and receiving support and encouragement no matter the situation or how tired we are." To fulfill his dream of being a doctor, Nick plans to attend medical school and study orthopedics and sports medicine after he graduates from UW-Eau Claire in 2016. As a chemistry whiz AND competitive swimmer, Nick Hora has the ability, skills and high standards that will help him succeed as a doctor, and that's pretty powerful.