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Elevation Scholar Q&A: Nicholas Johnson

Meet Nicholas Johnson, a senior at Colonial High School and 2017 Elevation Scholars Award winner.

Nick was honored to receive one of two Elevation Scholars Awards in 2017. The award provides Nick with financial assistance towards college through a customized package of college consulting, test prep, ongoing mentor support and a summer internship with The Elevation Scholars Program.

When looking back on this achievement, Nick is grateful for not only the financial award but also the guidance and support that he continues to receive from the Elevation staff. For Nick, his experience has been so much more than just receiving an award. He said, “Being an Elevation Scholar you actually come into an office and they show you what it is like being in a professional, positive work environment.”

Over the summer, Nick split his hours between working on his college applications and summer assignments and meeting with his college consultant. While Nick struggled initially with creating his target college list, he and his coach have made great progress. “It’s nice having a person who can help you with your application because they know a lot more about college than most of our parents do,” Nick said.

The Elevation Scholars Program also offers professional development events aimed at giving students a taste of different fields and areas of study that are available to them. “It wasn’t simply what we did during the events that I enjoyed but what I was able to take away from each experience,” said Nick, going on to explain that each event taught a lesson, skill or piece of advice that he could take and apply in the real world.

Looking back on his year with Elevation one specific event resonated with Nick the most: his job shadowing experience at AndCo Consulting. This was a truly eye-opening opportunity that reshaped his college and career aspirations.

Nick dreams of attending Wake Forest University and is continuing to explore career options. He continues to maintain a 4.6 GPA and is taking on a full Cambridge course load during his senior year.