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Meet Nikki! Interview with Cultures of Dignity Intern

By Cultures Of Dignity | June 6, 2019

Nikki is studying psychology and statistics at Grinnell College. She will be helping out with research, social media, and blogging.

Meet Cultures of Dignity’s newest intern!

Cultures of Dignity: Tell us a little about yourself!

Nikki: I was born in the Chicago suburbs, but I grew up in Longmont, Colorado. I’m a rising sophomore at Grinnell College studying psychology and statistics. I hope to pursue research on mental well-being, social and emotional learning, and neurocognitive development. In my spare time, I enjoy kayaking, swimming, and exploring colorful Colorado.

Cultures of Dignity: Why are you working with Cultures of Dignity this summer?

Nikki: I am working with Cultures of Dignity because I was fortunate enough to have a strong support system when I was navigating the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, so I feel it is my duty to give back to the current young adults and help to enhance their formative years as much as I can.

Cultures of Dignity: If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Nikki: As a psychology major, I seek to understand how and why people think, so if I could read minds, my job as a psychologist would be quite a bit easier!

Cultures of Dignity: What projects will you be working on with CoD?

Nikki: I will be examining the well-being of youth in schools through a research project in the realm of social psychology, in addition to helping with social media analytics and blogging.

Cultures of Dignity: What is an issue you see in schools you want to fix?

Nikki: Young adults are often quick to judge their peers and label them (as either nerdy, weird, cool, etc.) I have seen the damaging power of these labels on the mental health of young adults and I would like to see a change in the way youth behavior is evaluated and stigmatized by other youth.   


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