Nicole Evans

Academic Advisor- Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, History, Humanities, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and Slavic Languages & Literatures

Undergrad Major/Minor:
I got a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis and a minor in Film and Media Studies from here at KU.

I became an advisor because...
I found myself mentoring a lot of students that I worked with at my previous job in the library and loved it. I loved being a reliable resource, someone students could turn to when they had questions or wanted advice. And I wanted that to become the core of my position!

My favorite place on campus is...
Either Allen Fieldhouse, Spencer Research Library or the English room in the Union.

My favorite KU memory is...
Being one of the last groups let into the final Mizzou game (after we lost our number at 6am that day) and standing up at the rafters as we watched T-Rob and crew destroy the tigers in the most explosive game I’ve ever seen.

Advice to college students:
Be like Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon. Don’t be afraid to go against what everyone else expects of you and don’t fear becoming more than you ever thought you could be. Magical things can happen if you just have a little bit of belief in yourself.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Traveling internationally as much as I can (but particularly to places like New Zealand, Italy, Romania, Greece, South Africa and pretty much the rest of Europe).

Favorite quote:
“And though all lands love is now mingled with grief, it still grows perhaps the greater,” – J.R.R. Tolkien

If you only had 1 day to explore Lawrence, what would you do?
Eat at Big Biscuit, then go exploring on Mass Street in beautiful, 75 degree weather (making sure to stop by Brits in particular), then getting lunch at the Casbah before heading to the Mutt Run with my puppy and hiking Clinton Lake, before ending the day with dinner at Paisano’s and getting ice cream at Silas and Maddy’s.

My favorite book, movie, show, music:
Book: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (and everything Orbit Books publishes); movie: Lord of the Rings trilogy and Cloud Atlas; show: anything by the BBC (but particularly Sherlock); music: bands like A Day to Remember, Memphis May Fire, Starset, Shinedown, Twenty One Pilots, Miracle of Sound and SKÁLD .

On being a First Generation/Non-Traditional Student:
I’m a First Gen in my family for my degree and my working-MFA and a non-traditional student with my MFA. Being first-gen for me was an expectation set by my parents, because they wanted to make sure I had more opportunities, more doors to open, than they did and they hoped college would provide that for me. Even with their encouragement and my drive, I do remember how complicated and, at times, overwhelming applying for college was, let alone trying to navigate those four years without that mentor in the form of my amazing parents, who, up until that point, were steadfast in that role. It’s one of the reasons I’m so happy to be an academic advisor, because I’ve learned a lot I wished I would have known then and I appreciate having the opportunity to help serve as a mentor to students in a way that professors and peers were to me during my undergrad career. As I’ve continued on and become a non-traditional student working on my MFA, on top of balancing a full-time career, I appreciate how much work and knowledge there is involved with any college experience and hope to shed some light, tips, tricks and advice to help make each of my students’ paths a little easier to follow.