Meet Nico

Where are you from?

I live about 20 miles outside of Berlin in Germany. 

How did you first hear about Taft?

I first heard about Taft through [Admissions Officer and Head Football Coach] Mr. Whitley and his work with the Gridiron Imports Foundation.

What made you choose Taft?

The high academic standards at the school are important to me, as I work to lay a solid academic foundation for my life. 

What is it like to be an international student at Taft? 

Being an international student at Taft is very interesting. You get to learn about many different cultures and perspectives about the world. The comparisons between the German and American cultures have been especially interesting, and interacting with so many others has been quite the experience. Further, as an international student it is easy to connect with other people from different countries, but also with the American students, who are eager and very excited to learn about your heritage and your story. 

What activities do you participate in on campus?

I'm a varsity football captain, co-president of the "Thick Men of Taft", and a sprinter and thrower for the Track and Field team.

What has been your favorite class so far, and why?

My favorite class happened during my junior year; it was US History. Our teacher, Ms. Gomez, presented the historical facts very accurately and without any bias or personal opinion, allowing students to form our own understanding and engage in meaningful discussions about the importance and lessons of history. 

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The top of the staircase right before entering the athletic center. It overlooks most of the campus and has quite the cinematic sunrises in the mornings.

What has been your most memorable Taft moment so far?

Scoring a touchdown during a home night game and all the other students came running at me to celebrate. 

What do you love most about Taft?

The relationship I formed with my roommate, Dom, from the beginning. We are not only roommates but have become brothers for life and consider each other family.

What does it mean to be a Rhino?

Being a Rhino means pride and joy, ups and downs, and "one for all and all for one." This community and student body is special, and we stand united, no matter what.