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                                                                                                                       Visit one of
                                                                                                                South Jersey’s most
 more importantly, how everyone can have                                     Nicholas, who would like to become a      challenging
 a plan to respond to a mental health chal-                               counseling psychologist, is grateful for the   mini-golf courses!
 lenge, whether that be their own or some-                                positive influence she can have on RCSJ
 one else’s,” she said.                                                   students. “My favorite thing,” she said, “is
   “We’re better equipped as a society                                    the ability I have to impact students out-
 when everyone—not just the people who                                    side of the classroom to [help] give them a
 struggle with mental health—is able to                                   well-rounded education experience.
 respond in those situations. Everything I                                   “Being able to use on-campus events as
 do to get that information out is informed                               teaching tools to make sure our students
 by survivor experience.”             in the moment, at all times.”       are best prepared going into the work-
   The pressures that are inherent in the   Nicholas will have an opportunity to   force and going out into whatever life
 competition humbled Nicholas and gave   apply that knowledge because in August,   changing things they want to do is prob-
                                                                                                                    Offering a newly
 her an opportunity to learn more about   she won the Miss Atlantic Shores 2023   ably my favorite part of working in this   Offering a newly
                                                                                                                  renovated 18-hole
 herself. “Number one, I realized I need   Competition and will again vie for the   position.”                    renovated 18-hole
                                                                                                                 course to novice or
 to give myself more grace and that maybe   Miss New Jersey crown, next year.    Nicholas, who began working at the   course to novice or
 I don’t give myself enough credit for the   Nicholas, who loves the Australian chil-  College in February of this year, has been   experienced golfers!
                                                                                                                 experienced
                                                                                                                                    golfers!
 work that I do,” she acknowledged. Also,   dren’s music group The Wiggles, is relish-  cultivating strong relationships with stu-
                                                                                                                          $
 “I put a lot of pressure on myself, which   ing her role as an administrative specialist.   dents, faculty, and staff, and has a procliv-  • Just  5 for Children
 wasn’t the most productive thing to do.     She helps organize campus happenings   ity to bring people together.       $
   “I needed to take a breather and cen-  like the Fall Welcome events, Spring Fling,   “My philosophy for life is growth … I   •  6 for Adults
 ter myself. I learned I have to find new   commencement ceremony and more.     always want to be growing, evolving, and
 stigma of mental illness and transforming  ways to cope with stress and anxiety that   She also noted upcoming events like the   changing,” she said. “That’s why I think   H Open Daily ’til 9 pm H
 it into a tool for empowerment.     are more productive in those high-pres-  Fall Fest, Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family,   human connection is important; because
 “Using my story for progress rather   sure situations, especially if I’m going to   and the Celebration of Lights, “which pro-  we grow better when we work together. I   NW Blvd & Garden Rd
 than letting it control me has been huge   be put into them more frequently. I think   vides families the opportunity to give their   see myself being a part of that movement
 for helping me deal with my mental health  that the pressure I put on myself didn’t   kids gifts on Christmas,” are scheduled to   of healing within our societies. That’s my   Vineland • 856-692-1104
 challenges,” she declared. “But it’s not   necessarily allow me to fully be present   take place this semester.     dream.”     SereneCustardAndGolf.com
 always easy and I still struggle.”
 Remarkably, one major platform
 Nicholas is utilizing to spread awareness
 is the Miss America Organization (MAO).
 In July, she was named First Runner-Up
 to Miss New Jersey 2022. Nicholas, who
 entered the event as the reigning Miss
 Shore Resort, won the Talent Award   GOODBYE,
 singing the opera song “Deh Vieni, Non
 wanted to participate,” she said. “In addi- JOINT PAIN.
 Tardar” from Le Nozze di Figaro.
 “Scholarship is the main reason why I

 tion, it’s a really good way to increase your
 network to gain sisterhood and to also   HELLO,
 really develop yourself as a professional.”
 “They got rid of the swimsuit. They
 focused more on the professional devel-  PAR 4.
 opment side,” she explained. “Because of
 these changes, I felt like that was a place
 that would welcome me and something
 that wouldn’t necessarily be upsetting
 to different triggers in my life, like body   Get back to doing what
 image.”    you love with advanced
 “I think that’s something a lot of
 women can relate to,” she continued. “I’m   joint replacement care.
 susceptible to body image issues, and it’s
 something that a lot of women suffer from   Call 800-282-5959 or visit
 in society.”    InspiraOrtho.com to request
 Nicholas was able to share her Shout
 Our Struggle social impact initiative to a   an appointment today.
 wide-ranging audience at the competition.
 “It focused on mental health response, but
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