Skyler and Spencer Nick are twins from Wauconda, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago. They are both juniors majoring in communications and minoring in marketing here at Lake Erie College. Above all else, the Nicks have become popular on campus with their incessant and infectious school spirit and their involvement in a multitude of campus organizations.
Skyler and Spencer found out about LEC through their mother’s research on our Twins Scholarship program, and they scheduled an initial visit and tour of campus. "Needless to say, we were sold the moment we stepped on campus,” they said. "The buildings, grounds, quaintness and historic feel of Lake Erie College [made it] just the kind of place we were looking for.”
The twins said they liked the fact that Lake Erie is a smaller college and it provides its students with more individual attention, which allows them to get to know their professors and the entire faculty and staff on a personal basis. But that was not the thing that impressed them the most. "LEC has [such] an active alumni network,” they said. "We know that it says something positive about [the College]. If the alumni care enough about their alma mater to continue donating their time and money long after graduation, they must have had a positive college experience.”
Immersing themselves into the life on campus, both Skyler and Spencer are very active in a variety of organizations. They are both Student Ambassadors, members of the Storm Cheerleaders squad, the LEC track and field team, the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and the campus Glee Club. Out of all of their commitments, however, they definitely have a favorite.
"We have many favorite things, but we really enjoy being LEC Ambassadors. The LEC Ambassadors program is important to us because it provides us with an opportunity to enhance our personal and professional skills while being a part of exciting events and faculty initiatives.”
Skyler and Spencer also enjoy many of the opportunities that Lake Erie students have to encounter guest speakers who inspire them. "Some of our favorite stories include meeting Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who found the wreck site of the Titanic, [and] having presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney come to our campus,” they said. "We always love to share stories about our new and old extended family at Lake Erie College.”
They would like to continue after graduation and pursue their master’s degrees at Lake Erie as well. Outside of LEC, however, the brothers can often be found taking part in an activity as twins. They have attended every Twins Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio since they were little and have had pictures published in a variety of popular magazines and publications.
"We have been seen in People Magazine, Porsche Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, TwinsMagazine, two books by photographer Mary Ellen Mark—Twins and American Odyssey,and on the Discovery Health Channel for America’s Most Identical Twins. Last month our photo was on exhibit at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, N.Y., as a part of the Doubles, Dualities, & Doppelgangers exhibition, which was photographed by Martin Schoeller and is for sale for $11,000. We will also be a part of a book called Identical: Portraits of Twins by Martin Schoeller this fall.”