Senior Profile: Adrienne Nichols

Photo courtesy of Josh Ambrose.

What is your preferred name and major(s) and minor(s)?

My name is Adrienne and I am majoring in psychology major and minoring in exercise science.

What are some of the jobs you held at McDaniel?

At McDaniel, I worked as a lifeguard at Harlow pool and as a tutor at the Writing Center.

What organizations were you part of at McDaniel?

I was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. I also was a part of different organizations throughout my four years, like gospel choir and best buddies, but Phi Sig was the one that I was most involved with.

How much did you enjoy your time at McDaniel?

I really enjoyed my time at McDaniel. There were definitely its ups and downs, but I think that is the same everywhere.

Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?

This is so hard. I have had some great professors and friends on campus that I have looked up to. They all have had an influence on me and I don’t think I would be where I am without their support and encouragement.

What were some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

One challenge that I encountered was when I began an internship that I realized was not for me. It was very stressful for me because I felt that, because I started it, that I was totally tied to it. However, I realized that that was not true. I first talked to my adviser for the internship and told her the situation and why I thought it was not for me. After talking with my adviser, she helped me figure out the best way to talk to the company that I was interning with. It ended up being a good learning experience in how to deal with people and uncomfortable situations.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I am working for a company called Service Coordination, Inc. I will be a service coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities.

What is your best memory at McDaniel? What is your worst memory at McDaniel?

My best memory was joining Phi Sig. Because of Phi Sig, I have met so many great people, both in my chapter and in other organizations and have had some awesome experiences and memories.
My worst memory was my freshman year when someone, who wasn’t a student, shot a gun into Whiteford Hall, which is the building that I was living in at the time. That night was scary and it was just a very confusing, unsettling, and uncertain time because we had so little information about the incident until the next day.

What advice can you give to those not graduating?

Try to get real life experience by doing things like volunteer work and internships. Classes are important but employers are much more interested in your experience than your grade in one class.

Anything else you want to share with the world?

Enjoy every part of college (even the not so fun parts) because it goes by way too quickly!