I’m Nichelle; a lot of people call me Nicki. Either works! I’m the advisor for Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, and I supervise Student Ambassadors. I get to work with the best people on campus every day and I would love to talk to you about how you can join us!
Pronouns: She / Hers
Languages: English and American Sign Language, but I have a very expressive face, so my ASL classifiers instructor told me "Listen, not everything can be CHA!" which is a funny thing to say if you were in that class but I keep telling people like it is a universally joke that anyone would find funny.
Inver Hills Connections: I advise the Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Student Ambassador Team, but I work with all of our student organizations.
Hobbies: I crochet all the time, it helps me concentrate on meetings or TV. I like to make amigurumi (crochet stuffed animals and dolls) and then give them to people I know.
Fun Fact: I’m a PTK advisor and member- I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa when I was a student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. I was the Vice President of Service for my PTK chapter in 2003.
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Nichelle (Nicki) Bottko Woods
Where You're From: Minnesota. My family lives in Battle Lake, I grew up in Champlin, I live in Northeast Minneapolis, and I work in Inver Grove Heights. I'm from all over Minnesota.
What You Sing at Karaoke Night: I never sing at Karaoke night... except when I do, and then I always sing Dolly Parton 9 - 5
Your #1 Tip or Trick for Being a Successful Student: Know yourself more. What do you like best in a class? What do you like least? Are you better in the morning or the afternoon? Do you respond well to having everything on your calendar, or does that make you rebel and feel like "you can't tell me what to do?". For me, the standard tips aren't always the best ones- I like to take classes with more papers and fewer tests, and I need firm deadlines because they make me more creative- but that's not for everyone. Figure out what helps you and find ways to add more of that to your life!
What You Listen to in the Car: Podcasts or Lizzo usually.
Favorite Quote: ""Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."-Oscar Wilde"
All-Time Favorite TV Show: Schitt's Creek and Parks and Recreation. I like funny shows where people are nice to each other.
All-Time Favorite Book: Whichever one I just finished. Every time.
All-Time Favorite Animal: My cat Neil. He's very sweet and very clumsy and he uses the toilet which is very polite.
What You Wanted to be When You “Grew Up”: I decided I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher in about my second week of Kindergarten- I had seen enough of the world and decided let's stop right here. This is it, I had figured out my calling.
Meyers Briggs Personality Type: It changes, but ENFP-T the Campaigner was what I got when I did it just now to answer this question.
Your Hero(s): Nichelle Nichols- Did you know that she was going to quit Star Trek and Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge fan and convinced her to stay? Did you know that she got super involved with recruiting astronauts? Did I mention that my middle name is Nichole and my parents are Trekkies?