Student Spotlight: Nicole Cirelli '13

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Nicole Cirelli '13

Hometown: Herkimer, N.Y.
Major: Biology

Why Union:
The campus was beautiful, Union has a great reputation, and I was offered a great financial aid package.

Most inspiring class:
Professor Jarrin’s Medical Anthropology class included truly insightful readings that made me think about different forms of healthcare and led me to Chinese medicine.

Also excited about:

My biology class, "Vertebrate Natural History," which includes morning bird-watching excursions; and two history classes, "The Holocaust" and "Mystics, Magic and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe"


Head resident advisor in College Park Hall, work-study in the Office of Residential Life, snowboarding with Ski Club

Favorite study spot:

Third floor of the Nott Memorial

Three things I'm passionate about at Union:

Ozone House dance parties, Jackson's Garden, lunch at West Dining Hall

Other passions:

Photography, Rubik's Cubes, reading, creative writing, music and music festivals, Wes Anderson movies, making blankets and clothes, bike riding

Most surprising thing about Union:

You don't need to be affiliated with the Greek System to have fun and be part of the Union community.

How I’m making Union better:

I like to think that I've made Union a better place by promoting community and individuality in the residence halls.

Looking into the future:

After graduation, I'll begin a four-year master's degree program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco to become a licensed acupuncturist.

Advice for incoming students:

Embrace who you are and what you are passionate about, no matter what everyone else is doing.