From a young age, Nicola knew that she wanted to pursue music when she grew up. She spent years preparing for this moment in time by writing music, and she says, “I’ve decided to major in commercial music with an emphasis in songwriting at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.”
Nicola is not only a vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist, but also did some acting over the years at Eastern Christian. She’s known for her roles as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Gertrude in Seussical the Musical, which was unfortunately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “My favorite memory at EC is being in the school musicals. No matter what my role was, I have always had an amazing time bonding with cast members and developing my passions in musical theater.”
“My favorite memory at EC is being in the school musicals. No matter what my role was, I have always had an amazing time bonding with cast members and developing my passions in musical theater.”
According to Nicola, EC has shaped her to be able to handle anything. She says, “I have gone through so much these past four years, from a friend unexpectedly passing away my freshman year to hearing others tell me that I was unable to praise God. Because of all of this, I have developed a tougher skin that has led me to be able to persevere and worship my way through my hardships.”
Nicola says that she has thoroughly changed as a person, and that she wants people to know that “I am not the closed-off freshman that I was four years ago. If you knew me back then, I had long, dark red-orange hair, and wore really dark makeup. And with that set of looks, I shut everybody out because of emotional pain I experienced before my transfer. I felt like I couldn’t trust anybody. Throughout these past four years, I have been able to come out of my ‘shell’ of sorts, make friends and shape experiences-- if you’ve judged me for my past self, you need to let that version of me go.”
Nicola shares some valuable information that has gotten her through high school: “I learned in high school was that I’m not the best, but I’m also not the worst. Let me say that when I started in the drama program, I was one of those people that knew they were talented and would express that to the world. And that did not get me far. Through the experience of not getting a lead for the first time in junior year, I was humbled. And this was something I needed to learn to grow as a person, because I needed to realize that others are just as worthy as me. On the flip side, I was always worried about the fact that I would never be good enough for anyone, that I was being used, and that I was unworthy of opportunities. But through all of these hardships, I came to the realization that I’m just as worthy as everyone else. I was never one of the main ‘faces’ of EC, and I never will be, and this was something I had to learn in order to accept myself. I’ve gotten to the point in my life that if someone judges me for my past, that’s on them. They’re missing out on what I have to offer, and I’m okay with that.”
"I pin my self worth now on God; even at times that I thought He was invisible, I could not have gotten through these past four years by myself."
Nicola wants to be remembered at EC as someone who has gone through trial after trial and came out stronger than ever. She elaborates: “I pinned my self worth on popularity and publicity, which is funny because I was never either of those. If I had kept this same mindset throughout all of high school, I would have deemed myself a failure. But I pin my self worth now on God; even at times that I thought He was invisible, I could not have gotten through these past four years by myself.”