Nicole Gigas

Geography- GIS
Student Affairs Awards: Commitment to Promoting Academic Success

I am so honored to have completed higher education here at Southern. I am so grateful for all the experiences that I have had with any of you in any capacity. I can’t believe our senior year is ending as it is but we can’t minimize what we have done by achieving a major goal - getting our degrees! I also want to acknowledge that I truly admire Southern students’ perseverance and drive to complete their education. I want to especially acknowledge all of my peers who graduated as first generation college students. Congratulations to all of you, you inspire me. Best of luck to all of us as we set out on our next chapter in life.

Favorite Time at SCSU

My favorite time here at Southern has been making all of the connections that I did with other students and staff! The Southern community is so special and I honestly cherish all of the people I have been able to work with or become friends with.

What are you going to miss the most, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I am going to miss being in a challenging learning environment. I respect the academic process maintained by professors here at Southern. Every single professor I have had has taught me something important about how the world works or exposed me to a new way of thinking critically. I feel prepared for my profession so I am looking forward to continuing learning and developing skills that I have acquired at Southern.

Advice to Incoming Students

Do not take college for granted. Do your work, get involved on campus, strive for success. Be kind to yourself and others while you are here. Think about why college is important for you whether that is to enter a profession or for personal growth, both are valid. Remember that you are responsible for your learning in college. Value this time as a transition from adolescence to adulthood and use it wisely. Have fun and work hard!

Add Comments