After losing her father at the age of 7, Nicole DeNicola coped with the tragedy by focusing her attention on school. That focus eventually led to an invitation for her to be part of USF’s Bulls Business Community, a living-learning program for high achieving incoming freshmen. She participated in nearly every BBC workshop and extracurricular learning opportunity and says that this is where she developed the networking skills that have helped her in so many areas – and even led to an invitation for her to give a speech about her USF experiences before 300+ people at a scholarship luncheon. During her speech, Nicole noted that her father never had the opportunity to attend college, and said that she aims to honor his memory – and make her mother proud – by excelling academically. The USF Honors College student has clearly done so, earning a spot on the dean’s list for the past five semesters and travelling with the Honors College to study in London and Paris.
Before her trip, she presented a project on the evolution of the railway network in Paris at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. DeNicola is writing her thesis on Enterprise Resource Solutions in hopes of returning to the colloquium in April.
Nicole enjoys the solitary research work, but the gregarious student also enjoys being part of large groups. She volunteers with John Knox Retirement Village, building relationships with the residents and helping to plan activities. She also joined Kappa Delta and soon was appointed chapter chaplain, where she encouraged positivity within the chapter along with spiritual guidance. Later, she was appointed as KD’s Girl Scout Chair, working with the sorority’s philanthropic partner to coordinate events for the young girls, as well as build confidence as a large supporter of the Confidence Coalition.
Her planning and leadership experiences have helped her land an internship with SME Solutions Group, a strategic management company, where she manages the company’s social media accounts and builds executive dashboard applications with Qlik software for clients. An MIS major who is well-versed in C#, HTML, SQL, and several software programs, DeNicola will soon host an on-campus Qlik Sense workshop, aiming to encourage others to pursue business intelligence and analytics careers.