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Nicole Shirley '12

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Nicole Shirley

The ideal at Boston College of “men and women for others” resonated profoundly with Nicole Shirley ’12, and the focus on service and community was a value that greatly influenced her academic and personal growth. 

Nicole chose the communication major because “it was the perfect nexus between the social sciences and the humanities, cultivating my understanding of human behavior while honing in on the art of rhetoric and persuasion.” She advises current students to get to know their professors and states that they are an underutilized resource in and out of the classroom.

Nicole is currently employed in the Marketing Management Development Program at L’Oreal, and she credits her studies in the communication major with helping her “to develop a provocative argument supported by research and data, to carefully dissect and analyze information, to examine a cultural trend from various angles and perspectives and to challenge the status quo.”