By: NICOLE HASSINGER
Every journey has a beginning and I’d like to share mine. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew my name. I made it through high school and thought I’d give college a whirl. I had no idea what I wanted to study, and I also had few ideas of where I wanted to go.
I wound up at our lovely university right after graduating from Jimtown High School. I had a way with words and made it into the communications program during my sophomore year. Since then, I’ve declared my major as Public Relations with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I have three semesters until graduation, and a lifetime of applying my skills to understanding the world around me.
For those of you looking for common interests, I binge watch “Supernatural” more than anything. I frequently imagine my life with Dean Winchester as my husband. We would be driving off into the sunset blasting “Carry on my Wayward Son” as we would laugh about the demon we stabbed in the last town we drove through.
Other times, I just imagine my life as a rerun of “Seinfeld.” I’ve previously been compared to Elaine. I’ve also been told that my personality is much like Donna from “That 70’s Show.”
I am always up for bonfires, loud music, and leaving town. If that means a road trip or going to see a show, I will always take the opportunity.
I enjoy going out for coffee and concerts at our local bars, primarily McCormick’s. I also have a cat named Goliath and he is the friendliest cat in South Bend. He was once a stray, but now he can’t ever leave my presence.
I am currently training as a volunteer at SOS, which is a nonprofit organization in town that helps victims of domestic violence and rape. I am strong-willed, empathetic and want to make changes. I thrive in places that need immediate action and I feel compelled to help everyone that I can during my time on this planet.
You can usually find me getting busy around town. I work part time at a laid-back hippie nutrition store, take full time classes on campus, and I’m involved with the Communication Club as well as my work with The Preface.
I moved to South Bend in 2012 and since then I have lived with a slew of individuals. Some of them I have liked and others, well, not so much. At present, I have four roommates that fill my life with adventure, excitement and support. Together, we have four cats and two turtles that rely on our love and affection.
We have only been in our house since May, but in that time we have hosted two open mic events and a drag party in our backyard. Three of my roommates are musicians, and two of them are also writers. I’m the happy in-between. I’m not musically talented, more like obsessed, and I’ve been writing since I was 13.
If you’re ever in the mood for philosophy, music or bad jokes, stop me on campus and give a greeting. Until then, there will be peace when you are gone.