Students may have noticed him around campus, often sporting a bow tie. That’s Professor Nick Marsing, Assistant Professor of Psychology and a student favorite at Snow College.
Marsing grew up in Price, Utah, and graduated from Carbon High School. After completing his high school education, he went on to attend the College of Easter Utah (now USU Eastern), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and later Utah State University.
When asked why he chose to pursue a career in psychology, he said, “I was always that person who friends called at two a.m. with a problem, so I thought ‘I want be a therapist…’ And then I had somebody ask me when I was in school if I actually wanted to listen to people’s problems for eight hours a day… I didn’t. But I was so fascinated by people… I really wanted to know, you know, why humans did what they did so I just continued psychology.”
Now, with degrees in psychology, sociology, and education, he teaches several different psychology courses at Snow College. One thing Professor Marsing loves about working at Snow is the opportunity he has to get to know his students. “I still wish my intro students would take the opportunity to get to know me a little better but I like to get to know my students and get to work with them and have that one on one interaction. It’s been awesome.”
Students of Professor Marsing have enjoyed working with him as well. Snow College student Dakota Wilson said, “He’s very passionate about psychology and it inspired me to consider it as a major and I just love it now and I love going to class. I think that the passion that he has for it really helped.”
So, why the bow tie? Marsing says he’s doing what is called impression management. “When you leave Snow College and you think back and somebody talks about a certain class, generally you pick out the most outstanding things about that class. I’m choosing the way the students are going to remember me. They’ll say, ‘Oh that was the one with the bow tie!’”
Not only does Marsing love psychology, but he also loves spending time with his family- his wife, two daughters, and son. He is also a professional photographer and enjoys archery.