Meet Krystal Nicholas, ‘19

Associate Professor of Chemistry Sherry Heidary and Krystal

Meet Krystal Nicholas, ‘19
Union Helped Her Find Her Community…

Major: Computer Science/Engineering

Like so many students, I too chose Union because it was close to home and affordable. However, I was also looking for a place where I could meet new people and better assimilate into American society. I grew up in the Caribbean and came to the U.S. after graduating from high school. I live with my cousin, but needed to establish a community of friends with whom I could share common interests and goals. From my first day on campus, I knew Union was the right place for me.

On that first day, I attended an orientation session for the American Honors program because I was interested in taking challenging classes and finding research opportunities. I met Professor Sherry Heidary and we chatted about my major and future coursework. Since then, I’ve consulted Professor Heidary on many topics and consider her my mentor. She is so dedicated to her students and I’ve found that when I am confronted with a challenge, I remind myself, “If Professor Heidary can tackle this challenge (and I know she can), then I can too.”

When I am not in class you can find me in the library working as a tutor in the Academic Learning Center (ALC). Professor Heidary recommended me for the position and I’m so glad she did. I now tutor in the Math Success Center where I help fellow students understand concepts in varying STEM courses.

Aside from working in the ALC, I also spend time working with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges and universities. I serve as the chapter’s Vice President of Fellowship and am tasked with recruiting new members and planning our Induction Ceremony each semester. Union’s PTK chapter is very active on campus and we are always doing something exciting!

After Union, I will transfer and complete my bachelor’s in computer science. I realize that my college experience is as good as the time and energy I invest, and I hope my time at my new institution can live up to the exceptional experience I’ve had at Union.


Associate Professor of Chemistry Sherry Heidary came to Union County College in July 2007. For the past 12 years, Professor Heidary has served as the Faculty Advisor to the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and American Honors Council. She also volunteers as a commissioner to the Union County Commission on the Status of Women and as a member of the Union County College Foundation Board. During her free time, she is an avid ballroom dancer and loves to travel. She holds a BS in polymer engineering and an MS in polymer science from Penn State University.