Nicole Catherine Vannewkirk
California (see county list), Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
615 S. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite spot on campus: Definitely Watzek Library. I love the big windows and the collaborative atmosphere that students create!
Little-known fact about me: I have been to 48 states! I love road trips and I travel a bunch in general so I have been all around the country. I really enjoy driving from Portland to Los Angeles because there are so many trees and beautiful mountains once you get closer to Oregon.
Piece of advice for students in the college search process: I would absolutely recommend reaching out to professors that work in the field(s) you are interested in as well as current students (see the list of student Admissions Fellows on the L&C Admissions page!). Hearing from professors about why they love their field and what their classes usually look like can be really helpful in making your decision. Talking to current students allows you to get some perspective on the student experience and what your experience could look like at college!
Favorite place to spend time in Portland: I absolutely love live music and Portland is such a wonderful place for that! Sofar Sounds is my favorite venue because they keep the performing artists a secret until you get to the venue! Tickets go fast because it is such a unique place, but when I can get them it is such a great experience!
If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want these three things: I go backpacking a lot and these are what I feel are most important to my survival.
- A small camping stove. With this I can boil water to purify it as well as cook food.
- A lightweight rainfly. This could be used as a blanket, shelter, or something to sit on.
- A large machete. This would help me build shelter, make fishing spears, and catch food.
If I didn’t work in Admissions, I would be: A tattoo artist. I have been an artist for as long as I can remember and I love the idea of creating something permanent.