Continuing our alumni profile series is an interview with Nicole Andolina, a 2015 grad who double majored in Political Science and Legal Studies with a minor in Communications and Media.
Where did you end up after graduation?
After graduation I was lucky enough to land a competitive summer Fellowship program with a national nonprofit organization known as the All Stars Project (down in New York City). The All Stars Project uses the power of performance to transform the lives of youth in poor communities. As an “Activist for Social Development Fellow” I was able to witness and be a part of the world that is a large multi-million dollar nonprofit. Within my seven months at the organization, I was fully immersed in the operations of the organization by drafting grant letters, assisting in large scale events, and reaching out to potential donors. Nazareth gave me the jump start to participate in such a great experience right out of college.
In what ways did your experiences at Naz prepare you for what you’re doing now?
Academically, Nazareth gave me the writing and public speaking skills to stand out as an applicant. This past December, I was involved in a benefit luncheon that included notable celebrities and public figures in New York City. Without my past professors training me in effective and professional communication, I think I would have been a lot more nervous to put myself out there and talk with those individuals! Additionally with my improved writing skills I was able to assist my supervisor in writing a grant letter which resulted in a $30,000 donation to the organization. Ultimately, throughout my time at Nazareth, it was easy to be involved in some form of service to the community. Due to this, I have a commitment to civic engagement, which led me to pursue a career in the nonprofit world
What is your fondest memory of your time at Naz?
The entirety of Senior Week is my favorite memory. Who wouldn’t love a week of free food and Nazareth activities with your best friends!? Senior Week is a wonderful time to reflect and celebrate your years of hard work.
As someone who’s been through the entire college experience, what’s some advice you have for incoming freshman?
Say yes to everything (within good reason)! The best way to grow as a person is to put yourself in new situations. College is an amazing time to learn and focus about you and your interests.
Read more of our alumni profiles here: Mary Bonomo ’15, Visual and Communication Design, Audrey Lawrence ’14, Social Work, Jenn Lachell ’15, Marketing, Hayley Johnson ’15, English, Matt Maloney ’14, History and Spanish and Kelsey Sweet ’15, Communications and Media