Sprick an inspiration to college-bound students
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Inspiration comes in many forms. Pre-Collegiate mentor Nova Sprick is one of them. Sprick is a yoga instructor, mentor and cancer survivor. Not many people can claim to be all three.
Sprick has worked as a Pre-Collegiate mentor for only a little more than a year. She started last January, but has already made an impact on the seven girls with whom she works. None of the girls’ mentors stuck around for long because the group was shy. This was perfect for Sprick because she was shy in high school so she relates to the girls.
Sprick works with the girls every other week and then also individually in-between meetings. “My job as a mentor is to introduce (the girls) to wide varieties of jobs, and also to be another adult support outside the family,” Sprick said.
And the girls sure do appreciated it. “Nova has gotten very close to me; she has helped me write essays and has invited me over to eat. She’s awesome; she’s really nice,” GSHS senior Lupita Mojica said.
The road to where Sprick is now hasn’t been easy. When she was young her sister had cancer so her parents’ priority was her sister.
“It was more important for the boys to go to college, so I was left on my own. College just wasn’t a priority for me; I didn’t have the support for it,” Sprick said.
When she finished high school Sprick did end up going to a two-year community college. She then earned her AA degree, worked for a while, and then proceeded to earn her BFA at a university without walls. “Basically a university without walls is a university that you set your own program and work with a mentor. I always wanted that ‘normal’ campus college experience but never really got that with the university without walls,” Sprick said.
That’s why Sprick has worked hard with the girls that she mentors, so she can see them have that opportunity. “During high school you are sort of around one type of person. College gives you the opportunity to be with different people, people from different backgrounds. You become a more interesting person through college, you can talk about different things and you expand your view of things,” Sprick said.
Sprick and her husband met in New York, and then he brought her to Colorado. “It was a shock to come to Glenwood from a place like Manhattan,” Sprick said. Here in Glenwood Sprick, as well as mentoring, teaches yoga in the oncology unit at Valley View Hospital. When Sprick had cancer, yoga really helped her get through the intense six weeks of radiation therapy.
With Sprick doing all of these jobs, you can’t help but wonder how she does it. The fact that Nova has survived cancer, yet still offers her time to others who need help, shows her true generosity. And at the end of the day she still wants to do more. “I wish I could do more, give more of my time. But you can only do so much,” Sprick said.
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