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Leader in action: Becoming Nichole

By joining clubs and other campus organizations, Nichole Dumlao made connections — and, not coincidentally, found opportunities

As her skill in public speaking gained steam, Nichole Dumlao served as the co-host of the 2023 Feast of Nations. Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Valley City, N.D., is a long way from the Philippines.

But once Nichole Dumlao’s family made the trip, the distance wasn’t really an issue. Unfamiliar faces and culture made it easy for Nichole to retreat into the shy version of herself.

When the time came for Nichole to pick a university, she knew she was ready for a change. She wanted to go somewhere with a diverse community to meet people she wouldn’t otherwise be around.

“There are so many people here from all over the world,” Nichole said.

Read and watch more about Nichole and her successful career at UND.