For Christendom grad, it’s not all business … yet

Nick Wenzel

FRONT ROYAL — Nick Wenzel means business, figuratively speaking of course. The Christendom College senior has a future in business.

During his time as an undergraduate, he earned a business certificate during a summer at the University of Virginia. He ran a competitive fencing business, which he just sold,  while at Christendom. He has been accepted into the highly competitive Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where, after graduating from there, he plans to get into management consulting. So it makes sense that while at Christendom he majored in, you guessed it, liberal arts.

Wenzel, who finishes his undergraduate degree with a 3.5 GPA, will join 108 of his classmates Saturday afternoon as they earn their degrees from the Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Front Royal. But despite leaving Christendom with a degree in liberal arts, even his decision of which major to pick was a calculated business decision.

“I kind of always wanted to go to Christendom because I knew I wanted to start out with a liberal arts education,” Wenzel said. “I wanted a firm basis to build upon. I founded a club, a private for-profit fencing club, and I realized that a large part of what I was suffering in was communication skills, like one-on-one communication and professional emails. I’d never done that, so I needed a nice broad systematic overview of how to write and communicate well. I researched and discovered that liberal arts were the best thing for that.”

Wenzel followed that up by explaining that he had always heard that employers look for well-rounded candidates, not necessarily candidates wh0 specialized in one particular facet their entire college career.

It was that well-roundedness that helped Wenzel gain acceptance into the Fuqua School of Business, where he will start in July and take part in an accelerated master’s program that will see him take 45 credits and graduate in just 10 months; the average master’s degree takes between 18 months to two years.

“I didn’t really expect to get in there, I just kind of treated it like my baby,” Wenzel said. “The entire application process took a long time. I put a lot of effort into it and I recently went down there and talked to the people who run admissions for the program.”

But before he takes the next step toward his future in business, he has to take a few more steps at Christendom on Saturday, when he’ll walk across the stage to receive his degree.

Contact staff writer Justin McIlwee at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or jmcilwee@nvdaily.com

Christendom College Graduation

Commencement starts at 1 p.m. in the St. Louis the Crusader Gymnasium at the college.

Featured speaker is Mary Ellen Bork, a free-lance writer and member of the college’s Advisory Board who will be receiving the Catherine of Siena’s Award.

The commencement address will be given by The Vatican’s Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Gerhard Cardinal Muller, who will also be receiving an honorary doctorate prior to his address.

There are 109 graduation candidates.