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Nick Procaccio, a freshman in the Burnett Honors College, says he chose UCF for the warm weather, beautiful campus, and superior academic programs. Orlando may be a long way from Nick’s home in New Jersey, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing opportunities that will help him build a network and develop his skills. As a computer science major, a BHC Website Coordinator, and a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, Nick has jumped right in as a part of the UCF community.

What made you decide to major in computer science?
I grew up surrounded by, and infatuated with, technology. In high school I was accepted into a science and engineering program where I became exposed to coding and machine learning. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to build a career in the computer science industry to help with the advancement of technology.

If you could have any job, what would it be?
My dream job is to be the CEO of my own company. I’m not sure what this company’s purpose will be, but I would like it to be focused on AI solutions or maybe even virtual reality immersion. Whatever it is, its overall purpose will be to better the human experience.

Are there any other organizations you’re involved with at UCF?
I’m a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. I joined this fraternity because right from the start I immediately felt at home. These men are hard-working and caring individuals who know how to maintain a balanced lifestyle. The fraternity as a whole is the complete opposite of the “frat” stereotype—I’m grateful to be a part of it.

What are three things that people might not know about you?
1. I am a musician – I play the piano, some guitar, and produce music.
2. I played lacrosse as a midfielder in high school.
3. I have one adopted cousin from China (Mei-Li) and another on her way from Taiwan

Academics aside, what are your passions?
I love music, martial arts, fitness, and the pursuit of entrepreneurial endeavors. Over the years I’ve found that these things bring me the most happiness.

If you could give any advice to your high school self, what would it be?
“Don’t be so hard on yourself.” For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the type of person who needs to do everything. I often find myself prioritizing too many things at once, which causes me to become overwhelmed and believe I’m a failure for not being able to “do it all.”
I’ve now realized that it’s okay to fall short of my goals sometimes. It’s okay to not check everything off of my to-do list. There are only 24 hours in a day, and it’s not always possible to do everything. As long as I do enough each day to keep my momentum going, I’ll move further along the path to success.