Nicole Greene '16

If you've ever read The Beacon, then I'm sure you've seen the name of this week's Profile. Nicole Green is hard working, motivated and inspiring! 


General Info:

  • Name: Nicole Greene
  • Hometown: Jamestown. NY
  • Graduation Year: 2016
  • Age: 22
  • Major: Communication (with a minor in Women's Studies and certificate in Public Relations)
  • Relationship Status: Single
  • Campus Activities: Editor-in-chief of the Behrend Beacon, PR Manager for BVZ Radio (past), Hospitality Chair of the Spring Concert Committee (past)


  • Favorite Color: Green (naturally), and purple
  • Favorite Band/Artist: Kanye West, or anything hiphop
  • Favorite Animal: Tiger
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball, Slumdog Millionaires, Jerry McGuire, Forrest Gump, too many to name!
  • Favorite Season: Fall
  • Favorite Person: Grandparents

This or That: 

  • Morning or evening: Evening
  • Coffee or tea: Tea
  • Cats or dogs: Cats
  • Instagram or Twitter: Twitter
  • Call or text: Call
  • Books or movies: Movies
  • Lead or follow: Lead

1. Why did you choose Penn State Behrend?

I chose Penn State Behrend because I liked the small knit community here on campus. I like being able to see a lot of familiar faces and having the opportunity to really get to know my professors. I also liked getting involved early on in my college career, something I know wouldn't have been as easy if I went to University Park or any other college I was looking at.


2. When and how did you first get involved with The Behrend Beacon?

I was invited to be part of their Freshman Journalism Program, which was a four day seminar a week before classes. The program allowed me to meet a lot of important people on campus, get settled in before the other freshman, and learn the skills I needed to write my first article for the Beacon. Ever since then, I’ve been an active member.


3. What exactly does your role as Editor-In-Chief entail?

More than anything, I have to maintain relationships between the Beacon and other organizations and offices on campus so that we are constantly in the loop. I actively recruit writers and photographers to join the Beacon to increase our staff. I work closely with the editors to ensure they have content, writers, and direction for a story. Our advisor, Karrie Bowen and I create workshops so the editors and writers develop their skill set. Lastly, I oversee the layout, editing and printing of the Beacon.


4. What have you learned from your involvement with The Behrend Beacon?

I have learned how to be a better leader. Sometimes, it’s easy to get frustrated with the people you work with. I have learned a great deal of patience as well as how to let go of things you can’t change. For example, there was an article printed in which we left a headline misspelled. It was so embarrassing and upsetting, but there was literally nothing we could do about it except add a corrections box, apologize, and make sure we never do it again. The art of letting go is so hard, but liberating at the same time!




5. How do you balance schoolwork, Beacon involvement and your social life?

I have always been good at time management, so I make sure I do all the things I have to do first and treat my social life as my treat for accomplishing my schoolwork. I take a break too. I think that is one of the most underrated tips for balancing everything. You need a break, physically, emotionally and mentally sometimes, and you don’t have to feel bad about it!


6. How can students get involved with The Behrend Beacon?

Any student from any major is welcome to join the Behrend Beacon. Our meetings are every Wednesday at 7pm in Reed 3. Students can meet the editors and pick which section they'd like to write for. You can write for as many sections as you want and you are not required to write every week. If the meeting time doesn’t work for you, email [email protected].


7. What do you plan to do with your degree after graduation?

I would love to move to Washington D.C and work in the media, public relations, event planning or publicity in particular. I love sports, entertainment, politics and nonprofits, and I think D.C is a great hotspot for all of those things.


8. What is your dream job?

I can't answer that question as of right now, but as long as I am happy and contributing to the world, my dream would be fulfilled!


9. What is one piece of advice you would like to give our readers?

College is a time not only to learn about your career field, but to learn about life in general. You have the opportunity to meet people that are different from you, do things you’ve never done, and learn about things that happen outside of your ‘bubble.’ You are able to challenge and better yourself in college. Get involved and go outside of your comfort zone.


10. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Always remember that others don’t see the world like you do. Don’t necessarily treat others the way you want to be treated, but the way they want to be treated because it might be different than what you expect. It’s easy to stereotype or assume something about others until you get to know them. We have two ears and one mouth, which means we should always listen twice as much as we speak!



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Instagram: @callmecoley