BY JORDAN D’AURIO `16
My first day here on the hill still feels like it was yesterday. I never was one to believe in the cliché saying, “It fly’s right by,” but it’s so true; it really does fly by in the blink of an eye. From living in Shamie Hall as a freshman, to living in the Copper Beech Apartments with five girls that I know will be in my life forever, I never thought a college can feel so much like home. From paint nights with free wine on Friday nights (if you’re 21 of course), to SGA day with tons of obstacle courses and seeing faculty in dunk tanks, I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience.
One aspect of this campus that I will miss the most is being known by the staff and faculty and always feeling welcomed. Whether I’m going to grab the mail or working with administration, everyone knows my name even if I’ve only met him or her once or twice. The tight-knit community feel that I’ve experienced here is irreplaceable. Even when going to Wow Café for lunch with my roommates, the people there know our orders and are always so friendly. I sure am spoiled to have been able to spend my four years here with staff and faculty who make the worries and stresses of college disappear.
Aside from meeting life long friends and feeling such comfort when stepping on campus, the academics and guidance provided by the staff and faculty is the reason why I’m so successful today and feel ready to enter the working world. It wasn’t even the fact that professors that you maybe only had class with would send you internship opportunities or full-time positions, but just the confidence and encouragement they instill in students is something that really sticks out. My sophomore year, my advisor Nicholas Barnes, actually built me an internship right on campus that was based on a semester long consulting project I had done for him in a previous class. He was so impressed with my time and commitment; he wanted to reward me in gaining even more experience in consulting which is something I will take into the workplace with me. That opportunity alone helped me gain so much confidence and it was then that I realized the faculty and staff truly care about our success here at Nichols; and that’s something every prospective student should consider.
Even though I’ll miss getting out of class everyday and going to hang out on the Copper quad with my friends, Nichols has done everything to prepare me for the real world and although my time here is coming to an end, Nichols will travel with me no matter where I end up in life. The lessons on life, friendships, professionalism, and real-world experience are aspects I will always remember and thank Nichols College for. Once a Bison, always a Bison!