Nick Procaccio (Iota Theta/Central Florida 2023) was highlighted during his freshman year by the Burnett Honors College as an outstanding member of the University of Central Florida community.
Within his profile he mentioned Theta Chi and said, “I joined this Fraternity because, right from the start, I immediately felt at home. These men are hard-working and caring individuals who know how to maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Fraternity as a whole is the complete opposite of the “frat” stereotype—I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Brother Procaccio recently connected with IHQ staff to discuss more about his involvement on campus, what he’s accomplished at UCF and how Theta Chi has helped him become the man he is today.
What’s been the highlight of your Theta Chi experience?
“First and foremost, I have created meaningful connections with many of my brothers; a few of them have become my best friends that I will have for life. My brothers have become my family away from home. Our semi-formal and formal trips are memories I will cherish forever. I could have never imagined being able to travel or go on vacation with a group of 80+ people. Our G.I. Theta Chi philanthropy event presented me with an opportunity to use my skills to assist the Fraternity. I was able to use my programming knowledge to automate our donation collection and tracking process and develop a website to show our fundraising progress. This project helped streamline our event operations, and it is something I am proud of.”
What has been the highlight of your time at UCF so far outside of Theta Chi?
“As I approach my graduating semester, I can only reminisce on my time at UCF with gratitude. The school has a very rigorous and informative computer science program, and I am thankful for the education I have received over these past few years. Being a UCF student has opened many opportunities for me. Whether that was working for the Burnett Honors College as a freshman/sophomore, becoming a part of HACK@UCF and the UCF Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition team, or providing me with the skills and connections that helped me secure an internship, and now part-time job, at Trellix. Not to mention, the campus truly is beautiful. I am going to miss skateboarding around campus, and there have been so many good places to study and do work - which I do often.”
What’s your campus involvement look like now?
“As of right now, I am a member of our Hack@UCF club and UCF Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition team. I recently participated in a hacking competition with the team, where we had to engage in a real-world ethical hacking exercise against a hospital. Our team placed first in the competition, and I learned so much about securing and exploiting medical devices and enterprise systems.”
To see how far Nick has come from his freshman year, click here to read his original spotlight by the Burnett Honors College.