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Meet the Class of 2019: Catholic Youth Ministry Volunteer Will Study Biology

Meet the Class of 2019: Catholic Youth Ministry Volunteer Will Study Biology


When Nicolas Kwan, incoming member of the UD Class of 2019, was in high school, his youth minister told him about National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries, a nonprofit based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He participated in a week-long NET retreat, then ended up deferring his enrollment at UD for a year so he could serve with NET, doing Catholic youth outreach ministry and guiding retreats like the one that had first drawn him in.

One year turned into two, but now Kwan is ready to start his college career. He first learned about UD from his speech and theology teachers at Holy Trinity High School in Temple, Texas (which he attended starting his sophomore year, having been homeschooled until then), who were both UD alumni. He intends to major in biology and then go to medical school; his father is an OB-GYN, but Kwan says he wont know the area in which he himself would like to specialize with any certainty until medical school.

In high school, Kwan was on the speech and debate team and also played nearly every sport available at his small school: baseball, basketball, football, soccer and track.

"I did a little bit of everything. As long as you showed up, you pretty much made the varsity team," he laughed.

At UD, he definitely intends to take part in some of these sports through the Office of Student Activities Rec Programming offerings, as well as continuing to play his guitar, which he has done for approximately six years now. He enjoys leading praise and worship and playing for others. He would like to join or start a band at UD.

"I play to wind down, to amp up, to have a blast, to decompress, to process, to pray," Kwan said. "One of these days I'd love to play big shows, move people with music."

Now that most of the paperwork is out of the way and the details of beginning college life squared away, he is really looking forward to experiencing campus life in general.

"There wasn't a ton of independence with NET," he explained. "We were always on a very strict schedule. I'm really interested to see how this new chapter of my life will unfold."

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