Hometown: Omaha, NE
Year of Study: PhD Student
Major(s): Composition/Rhetoric, Literacy Studies, and Secondary English Teacher Development
Future Life Plans: In 5 years Nicole hopes to be teaching at a small liberal arts college and researching alongside secondary Language Arts teachers in order lobby for improved secondary education policy. In the event this falls through, her back-up plan involves becoming the first equestrian ever to win America's Got Talent.
Superhero Name: That Girl with Pumpkin
Favorite Piece of Writing: Reading Nancy Meyers, "On Being a Cripple" as a college freshmen irrevocably changed Nicole's life. Fifteen years later it--along with David Sedaris's work--continue to be her most beloved writing models.
Favorite/least favorite writing: While she loves working with others on personal statements and application materials, Nicole loathes having to write them herself!
Part of speech you would be and why: Because it is arguably the most versatile and accommodating piece of punctuation--always allowing writers to squeeze in more ideas, more thought, where they otherwise would not fit--Nicole would be the em dash (--).
Hobbies: When not consulting or teaching writing in Andrews, Nicole chasing the horizon on horseback, baking cookies to mail to friends, forcing her German Shepard to snuggle with her, and practicing her deep devotion to NPR podcasts!