Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa Nelson


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Where are you from?

I was born in Ohio but moved to San Diego with my family when I was about 1. I have really great memories from my time in Ohio, lots of journal entries made by infant-me, and lots of stories I will one day pass on to my great-grandchildren. Other memories I have include my 23 years living in San Diego, but who wants to hear about that?

What did you study in college?

When I got to college, I knew in my heart of hearts that because I liked to do arts and crafts in my spare time, that I would be THE NEXT BIG THING in the art world. So I was an art major and I loved it. Until I realized I was bad at it and I didn't love it. So I switched to becoming a psychology major and it was like I was home. That's what I graduated with, and it couldn't be a sweeter thing.

What were some of your favorite on and off campus activities as a PLNU student?

'70s Skate Night, Superhero Bowling, Musoffee (music and coffee - clever AND satisfying), and the musicals put on by students on campus. I lived on campus all four years without a car (no regrets) so I got to be apart of the spontaneous and creative activities that students threw together in the middle of the night, just because I was there. Some of THOSE times include making music videos to Destiny's Child on the soccer field and our Greek Amphitheatre, watching some cute boys create their own skate park in the middle of the Fermanian parking garage (maaaaaaaaybe don't tell Public Safety that), and biking through Balboa park with a large group of hooligans for the sole purpose of "feeling alive." It worked.

What one piece of advice do you wish you'd have heard before starting your freshman year?

Do not be limited by expectations (from yourself, your parents, or people you just met). Be free to sign up for things that don't make a lick of sense in your neat life goal timeline. Get involved in things when you don't know anyone else, join something even when you know you're going to be bad at it, and show up to something even when you never in your life saw yourself participating in it. Join a completely random club, sign up for intramurals with people you've never heard of, and travel as much as you can, on a small or large scale. Take a road trip last minute during fall break with people in your hall ... or sign up to go to India with Loveworks even though it makes your mom nervous. Do! And Be! And then regardless of the outcome, be grateful! You are alive!