Nichole Russell - Journalist. Hard-worker. Truth-seeker. Class of 2015, College of the Ozarks.
Nichole Russell believes the mantra – your dreams don’t work, unless you do.
A native of the Ozarks, Nichole has spent her life working hard and has been blessed by the loving community she grew up in.
“The Ozarks provide a special environment for families because of the family community and Christ-like attitude of the area. I can’t think of a better place to grow up.”
Nichole was familiar with College of the Ozarks and recognized early in life that C of O was where she desired to spend her college career.
“I wanted to go to College of the Ozarks because of the emphasis on a Christ-centered education and developing the character of the students.”
Nichole acknowledges the opportunity to work, rather than pay, for her education is a rare blessing bestowed to few.
“I would never have been able to receive the kind of education I am getting at C of O if it had not been for the generosity of people I don’t know giving. I am forever indebted to those who give so that I can have a chance at bettering my life.”
Nichole is doing just that – bettering her life and reaching high. Last summer, Nichole was accepted into a competitive internship in Washington D.C. where she studied political journalism and got hands–on experience in the media field. As a journalism major, this helped solidify her interest in writing and editing.
“My internship did more for me than just allow me to practice my reporting skills. It allowed me to test my ability to work and live in the world…. it helped me to develop much more as a person.”
Nichole’s work ethic and determination guided her into success in D.C. and will guide her through life.
“I believe the largest life lesson I have learned at C of O is the importance of hard work. I have worked in many different workstations on campus from The Keeter Center to the Outlook student newspaper, and the common thread between them is how important it is to work hard and do good work wherever you are.”
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