Nicole Calella

Nicole Calella

Criminal Justice, 2017

Hometown: Sandyston, New Jersey

High School: Kittatinny Regional High School

Activities at Lycoming: Captain of Women’s Basketball Team, Black Student Union, Play by Faith, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Campus Activities Board, Sweetheart for Lambda Chi Alpha, Intramurals Sports Supervisor, Lycoming Admissions Tour Guide, Tutor

My most influential professor: Dr. Betty McCall. She has helped me become a better student and person, pushing me to excel in my studies and outside the classroom. Professor McCall has also shown she cares for her student’s success, whether it be academically, athletically or professionally. I appreciate her effort and motivation in keeping me disciplined and focused.   

Favorite campus event: My favorite campus event is the Haunted Rec Center. Halloween is my favorite time of the year and the Rec Center staff does a great job of turning the fitness center into a walk-through horror. I actually am scared every time!

My big college moment: My two biggest college moments occurred in the same location. The first was when my basketball team beat Lebanon Valley College my sophomore year, and the second was when my basketball team beat Messiah College my junior year for the first time since 1995. Both of these teams were in first place in our conference at the time. The amount of happiness and energy that was radiated on the court each time was unforgettable. Those wins were the type of memory that you keep with you for a lifetime and tell your grandchildren about. 

Why I chose my major: I chose criminal justice because I have always pushed myself to become a better leader while using my strengths to help others around me. A career in criminal justice grants me the ability to continue striving for success, to expand on my leadership abilities and to be a positive role model for my peers and others in the surrounding community. My ultimate goal is to work for the Department of Homeland Security, a job that I can put my determination, resilience and passion for leadership to work. A major in criminal justice, especially at a school like Lycoming College where experience and knowledge is abundant, can give me all I want to succeed in life in addition to the tools necessary to help others reach their full potential.

Advice for incoming students: The hardest transition from high school to college is leaving behind the comfort of friends and family. My best advice for incoming students is to get involved in any activity, club or organization that interests you, as these are guaranteed ways to meet new people with similar interests and make friends. There are hundreds of different organizations and events made possible by the Campus Activities Board. By joining different organizations, new students are able to mold into the college community easier and make their home at Lycoming, a place to really enjoy the best four years of your life.

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