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My Story

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

--Winston Churchill

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        My name is Nicholas Howard Ice, I was born on January 29, 1996 in Toledo, OH. My father is an entrepreneur and owns a metal stamping company and my mother runs a non-profit organization. My parents have been the best thing to happen in my life. They have taught me an immense amount simply through their actions about kindness, confidence, and compassion.

 

        When I was ten, I experienced something that would change my life. Some background to this story is that before this point my parents were always against video games. They believed that it just rots your brain, however I was always fascinated by them. Fast-forward to January of my 10th birthday, I was having a birthday party at the water park Kalahari in Sandusky, OH. My friend Josh and I were playing arcade games and I decided to play a game called stacker. This game involves the player to stack blocks on a screen to try to win very large prizes, one of these prizes being an Xbox 360. After playing only a couple times I won the Xbox. This drove me to learn more and more about video games, how they are made, produced and sold. Later in life I looked up the odds of winning a game like that and I learned that there is a price threshold that must be met before a prize can be dealt out to the player.

 

         I graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 2014 and went to Ohio University to study accounting. This was a defining moment for my life. In high school I was extremely introverted and didn’t have many friends. The only friends I really had were a best friend I have had since I was 4 and my cousin, their names were Josh and Sierah. So moving to Athens, OH was a huge step for me. I was able to break out of my shell and meet a ton of great people that I am still friends with today. I ended up joining a social fraternity and had a ton of awesome experiences with the guys there. Unfortunately, there was a tragic death in my life that made me want to move close to home to be around my family.

 

        Sierah and I were inseparable from the day that we met. We were the same age and she was going to the University of Toledo. Often times I saw her as my twin sister because of how close we were. However, in the summer of 2016 a man knocked Sierah off of her bicycle, kidnapped, and murdered her. I was absolutely devastated, I lost one of the most important people in my life. I was lost and didn’t know what I wanted in life anymore. My path diverted and I ended up taking a year off of school to reevaluate my goals so I could attend the trial that was being held to convict that man. The lessons that I have learned from these experiences have shaped me into who I am today . Some things I have learned are to cherish the people in your life like you could lose them tomorrow, to always be vigilant because traumatic events like that could happen to anyone, and to live life to its fullest because it could happen to you.

        The aftermath of this experience put a huge dent into my physical and mental wellbeing. I struggled with these issues for a long time until I finally reached out for help. Since then I have adopted an exercise and diet lifestyle that I have diligently kept to for 2 years and has changed my life immensely. At the current moment I have lost about 60 pounds and my body mass index is much lower, which means I have also put on a large amount of muscle. There have been many lessons that I have learned from this journey, but the main one is that with hard work and determination, anything can be accomplished.  

 

        If someone were to introduce me as the king of something, I would think they would introduce me as two things. One being I am the king of nerdy topics and also the king of not caring about what people think of me. I am always up to date on every thing that happens in the video game industry and am seeking a job at a video game development company as a staff accountant or financial analyst. Eventually I would like to start my own company in this industry, however, I need more knowledge on the interworking’s of these type of companies and how they are operated. People would describe me as not caring about what other people think about me, simply because in the past that has been one of my main cruxes. However, due to my life experiences, I have learned that most of the time people aren’t picking out problems with me and they are just thinking about themselves. There is no reason to allow other people’s opinion's to dictate your life, because then they are living rent free in your head.

        Moving forward, I plan to graduate in the spring of 2020 with the 150 credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam. During that same summer I plan on taking all of the sections of the CPA exam. Following this I plan to enroll in a Masters of Business Administration graduate program at Bowling Green State University. Once I achieve all of these goals I plan to enter the workforce as a staff accountant or financial advisor in the video game software development industry.

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