‘This too shall pass:’ The story of Walter Nitzsche

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Senior biology major Walter Nitzsche says he references an old saying when he feels he needs to overcome a stressful situation, and has some advice for other students who may be feeling overwhelmed.

“I just remember that old phrase ‘this too shall pass’ and everything will change with time. Put your head down, meddle through and it’ll get better.”

One of his guilty pleasures is music and he said that one of his role models is UMass Lowell’s Director of University Bands Daniel Lutz. “I love music, so I’ve been realizing that a lot of the music that I used to think was cheesy and corny like NSYNC I love now because my taste has changed,” Nitzsche said.

Nitzsche said he has been in the marching band for his whole undergraduate career at the university, and that Lutz has been one of his biggest inspirations because he reminds his students that “this too shall pass,” especially when they are working on a difficult show.

“He’s just a very inspiring person. We muddled through [last year’s difficult show] and it turned out to be one of our bests. He’s always upbeat even though I’m sure he has a lot on his plate as the director of bands… and if something’s bad, he’ll tell you straight to your face that it was terrible and you need to work on that. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything,” he said.

When asked about what social issue he feels strong about, Nitzsche said that something our society should not let pass is institutionalized racism and other forms of discrimination: “If I had to say which specific one, maybe just the fact that 90 percent of the population has been and will be suppressed by those rich white guys who we’re all descendants from, but there’s those couple of families that have all the power…But I also know there’s not a whole lot we can do to change the fundamental natures of ourselves.”

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