Nikolas Alvelo


Nik studies Computer Science and will be a full-time Software Engineer for DraftKings in Boston after graduation.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..." Jobs

  • Facebook (twice!)
  • Airbnb (twice!)
  • Twitter
  • Microsoft
  • Scholastic (temporarily)


Clubs that "weren't a good fit"

  • Access Engineering (the first time)
  • Hack For Impact


Things I Swore I'd Finish But Never Did

  • Netflix series with more than 4 seasons
  • My bookshelf of books at Penn
  • Idea for an app


Everyday L's of Life

  • Susceptible to ripping pants
  • Falling on the bridge on Locust
  • Breaking both wrists on the same day
On the Bright Side


Things I've Learned That Will Still Matter in 10 Years

  • The fact that I can overcome anything that is thrown at me if I give myself time
  • The importance of 8 hours of sleep
  • The ability to better control the ways that things affect my happiness


Books I've Read for Fun

  • Salt Fat Acid Heat
  • Saga comic book series
  • Everything I Never Told You
  • Between the World and Me


Memories I Made While I Wasn't Studying/Working

  • Made a snowman during reading days
  • Hitchhiked over a highway to avoid cops then got picked up by a stranger to Villanova when they won the basketball game freshman year
  • Going to a random stranger's wedding
  • Was in the front row of Chance the Rapper's performance freshman year


Unconventional Skills

  • Really good at memorizing lyrics to songs
  • Unbeatable at video games that require you to mash buttons
  • Insane whistler


Leaps of Faith

  • Joining new clubs that would eventually be my communities at Penn
  • Switching my major from Materials Science Engineering to Computer Science
  • Leaving a toxic relationship freshman year
  • Living by myself in New York for the summer especially as I had never lived anywhere besides Philly and New Jersey
  • Coming to Penn at all as the only person from my high school to get into an Ivy League