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Three Passions - Three Majors: Sophomore Says Support Helps Him Balance

Sophomore Eric Kimberly decided to pursue all of his academic passions: theatre, math, and education and is majoring in all three. He is also a peer assistant in Plainsman Hall.
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Sophomore Eric Kimberly decided to pursue all of his academic passions: theatre, math, and education and is majoring in all three. He is also a peer assistant in Plainsman Hall.

Nebraska Wesleyan University sophomore Eric Kimberly discovered his love for theatre in high school.

So it was no surprise when he decided to major in theatre in college.

But interest in math and education also intrigued him as he began diving into his NWU classes. Before long, he decided to major in all three.

“Growing up I was always the person everyone went to for help with math,” said Kimberly who came to NWU from Omaha. “I think growing up being the one who was helping people with things is what got me into the idea of teaching.”

“It’s nice to have all of the variation because it gives you a lot of opportunities for a lot of different jobs,” he added. “Nebraska Wesleyan gets you started right away with real-world application of your education.”

Take for example, Kimberly was the assistant stage manager for the fall theatre musical, “The Rocky Horror Show,” where he helped organize a large cast and set. He’ll serve as stage manager for the spring production of “Noises Off.” And he’s looking forward to his student teaching opportunities early in his collegiate career.

“My main goal is just to be able to teach. I’d would be happy doing either,” Kimberly said of his math and theatre interests.

Added to his triple major schedule are his responsibilities as a peer assistant in Plainsman Hall where he assists students with daily needs.

Kimberly said he’s able to balance his studies and activities due to the support of Nebraska Wesleyan’s faculty and staff. He intends to be just as supportive to the students he teaches someday.

 “I look back and see how much I’ve done in the last year and a quarter and I never knew this was possible for me,” he said. “It’s all just about seeking every opportunity you can find.”

—Story by Emmalie Harris, Public Relations Intern