#WhitmanWatch: Nicklaus Brincka ’20

Name: Nicklaus Brincka
Graduation Year: May 2020
Majors: Accounting (CPA Track)
Hometown: Sacramento, California

Nicklaus Brincka ’20, a United States Army veteran, wants to continue serving his country in addition to pursuing a degree. “My grandfather had always pushed me to get an education, because it was something that no one could ever take away from me,” he shares.

“While serving in the United States Army, I learned about an opportunity called the Green to Gold program that allows enlisted soldiers to go to college and participate in ROTC and then commission as an Army officer after graduation, Brincka says. "I had met a great recruiter at Fort Drum, New York who told me about Syracuse University and how it was the best place for veterans, and I knew I wanted to attend.”

While attending Syracuse University, Brincka has been able to continually strengthen his ties with the veteran community. “I have had many amazing opportunities and learned a lot about myself and what I can do to help give back. I have had the chance to meet with thevice chancellor, Dr. Haynie, and discuss how to help student veterans on campus, work at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and help veterans and their families, and attend the Student Veterans of America National Leadership Conference, where I learned a lot about how we can help our veterans succeed on campus and in life after graduation,” he says.

“At the IVMF, I assisted the national program coordinator in his weekly tasks by scheduling meetings with the 13+ satellite locations across the United States, completing travel document expenses, and writing the monthly newsletter,” explains Brincka. “It was a great experience and taught me a lot about helping veterans through education, and how not-for-profit organizations run.”

This fall, Brincka was honored at a men's soccer game as a Hometown Hero.”

As far as his educational goals, Brincka was also able to discover his interest in accounting at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. “I’ve had many incredible professors, such as professors Ginger Wagner, John Petosa and MaryAnn Monforte, who have helped me throughout my time at Whitman, and who all made me want to be an accountant,” he says.

On-campus, Brincka is involved in Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor society for accounting, finance, and information systems students; Phi Kappa Psi, a social fraternity; and the Syracuse Rugby Football Club. He is also a part of Army ROTC at Syracuse University and the Student Veterans Organization.

This past summer, Brincka spent 40 days in Fort Knox, Kentucky and 21 days in Fort Bliss, Texas for his Army ROTC requirements. “At Fort Knox, I participated in and graduated from Advanced Camp, which will allow me to commission as an Army Officer upon graduation. It is a course that tests your leadership abilities as well as your physical fitness and mental agility. We completed multiple different tests required of us to be Army Officers as well as three separate field-training exercises where we put our leadership to the test,” he explains.

Additionally, Brincka attended leadership conferences for three of the four Big 4 accounting firms, where he learned more about the different career opportunities for accounting majors and CPAs. “I also had the opportunity to learn about different firms and meet professionals in different service lines. It was an eye-opening experience and it helped me settle on which firm I would choose to intern with this summer,” Brincka comments. He plans on interning with Deloitte after graduation.

Brincka will also continue his education by working toward a master's degree to achieve the 150-credit requirement to become a CPA, and hopes to work for Deloitte as a tax accountant. “I hope to work at Deloitte or another Big 4 accounting firm and make partner someday,” Brincka explains. “Along with my professional career, I will be serving as a Military Intelligence Officer for the United States Army in the Army National Guard. I hope to stay in the Army National Guard and obtain the rank of Major by serving out my time and expanding my leadership capabilities.”

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  1. Congratulations to this young man who is on a path to success as well as setting a fine example of service for others to emulate
    Col (Ret) USA., SU 1958