Red hair, freckles and glasses help identify the student around Stephens with distinctive British charm.
On August 14, Sarah Nicol arrived from the other side of the pond at Boston’s Logan International airport. Growing up in Bristol, which is located on the southern coast of England, Nicol always wanted to come to America. Her only experience was a short school trip to Washington, D.C.
“I wanted a good reason to come and stay. I knew if I ended up in America it would be for college– and then I knew it would be for Stephens College,” Nicol said.
Nicol ended up missing her flight from Boston to Columbia and was delayed for more than an hour. She was a young woman, completely on her own trying to navigate a strange country for the first time. This might sound intimidating, but Nicol wasn’t flustered.
“I was so incredibly happy. I just stood there listening to people talk for hours, amazed by it all,” Nicol said.
Upon arriving in Columbia, it took her a while to adjust to the heat. Nicol was knocked over, falling back into the plane from facing the summer heat of Missouri for the first time. An easy adjustment for Nicol was the kindness and openness of the people she has come in contact with.
“Everyone has been super nice, it’s very different compared to England. There is more variety of people, as well,” Nicol said.
Nicol is a freshman film major and is lucky enough to have found her passion at an early stage in life. She’s inspired by late-night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien and admires directors such as Wes Anderson, Wim Wenders, and Spike Jonze. Despite her creative inspirations originating from the New World, she loves British culture, especially it’s humor.
She has already taken the school by storm. In the first few weeks of school, Nicol was elected Vice President of the Queer- Straight Alliance club and has already made several close friends.
Nicol left everyone and everything behind in order to start over in America. She’ll be living on campus throughout all four years, spending holidays and summers in the dorms as well.
“It’s kind of like having a mid-life crisis, only I get to be young enough to enjoy it”, Nicol said with a smirk.