Nick Leininger, DVFS Class of 2013, graduated from American University in 2017 where he majored in PR & Strategic Communications and minored in Marketing. While at American, Nick was on the Executive Board of the university's Marketing Club. He currently lives in Washington DC working as a business development associate for Mlex Market Insight which specializes in regulatory intelligence and global coverage of antitrust, cyber-security, international trade, government regulation, and white collar crime.
Nick explored various aspects of his chosen major through several internships during his college career, including:
- Client Services intern for RedPeg Marketing
- PR & Marketing intern for KRPR
- Social media intern for DCShorts Film Festival
- Development intern at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Nick also reported that he had a poem published in Bleakhouse Publishing's 2017 edition of the Tacenda Literary Magazine.
Nick credits Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) with preparing him for academic success in college. Nick was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder towards the end of his sixth grade school year. In class, due to his hearing disorder, he would often miss out on key verbal instructions. He was always a hard worker but, because of his learning disability, struggled greatly with his academics. “I remember being up late at night throughout the school week trying to finish homework with my mom's help. I felt ashamed about the time I took away from her."
Nick started at Delaware Valley Friends School in 7th grade, and, once there, found an environment in which he could truly grow. At DVFS, Nick was involved in a variety of student leadership programs that helped to build his confidence and allowed him to mentor other students with learning disabilities. “One of my favorite DVFS memories was during my sophomore year at the upper school awards ceremony. I had never received an academic award before, but this year I was given a series of awards including the Patrick Donoghue Scholarship that I received in recognition of my involvement in activities that contributed positively to the school community. This was a key point during my time at Delaware Valley Friends. From then on, I knew that I could prosper academically."
From his experiences at Delaware Valley Friends, Nick also became more knowledgeable about the challenges associated with his specific learning disability and he has developed strategies that have helped him succeed. “Prior to Delaware Valley Friends, I believed my chances to attend college were slim. Because of DVFS, I was accepted at the colleges to which I applied. Delaware Valley Friends School gave me the skills and self-confidence to thrive in an academic setting."