Christian Falcon (’08)
Christian Falcon credits Nicholls with being able to see his family more often. Before he finished his degree at Nicholls, Christian worked everything from seven and seven to 14 and 14 to 28 and 28. In 2008, Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum technology and an associates degree in petroleum safety.
“I like my job,” Christian said. “I’m home every night if I want to be. I don’t have to be on the rigs anymore. I put 15 years in the field away from my family half the year, but now I don’t have to do that anymore. It’s a direct result of my degree.”
Right now Christian is a Senior Account Manager for Superior Energy Services. In this position, Christian works in the sales department, calling upon customers to find new work or following up on completed work. He works on completions in the wells, this includes fracking. But Christian explains that frack work is less controversial than people realized.
“My group fracks in deep water, offshore in the Gulf of Mexico—the one that they usually have issues with are the ones in Pennsylvania,” Christian said. “The biggest thing is that they think that we are going to have problems with the drinking water. The last thing any oil company wants to do is frack in the drinking water, or any water, because if you do that, you don’t have a well, because then all you’re going to produce is water. You don’t make anything producing water; you make it producing oil. Enough surveys through there, seismic and other surveys to know what’s there and they make sure that they’re nowhere near water when they frack.”
Because of Nicholls, Christian has a college degree. With his busy schedule, especially when working offshore for days or weeks or even a month at a time, going to school at any other institution would have been impossible.
“I can say that without this program, I would not have a college degree,” Christian said. “When I started, I had a wife, children, and the only thing I could do was to work seven and seven and 14 and 14 if I wanted to get a degree, and that’s what I did. It took me 15 years. I started in ’93 and I went to school for a year and a half, took off four or five years. Then I went back for a year. Then I worked overseas, 28 and 28. It was just pieces here and there. And finally, toward the end, between my mom and my wife pushing me, I went ahead and graduated. When I talk to students, I usually—instead of talking to them about things that most people talk to them about—I usually tell them about perseverance, that just because you get out doesn’t mean you can’t come back in. That’s the message I try and get across to the students.”