Nicole Adel

Nicole Adel

Dean's Scholar

College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Health Science


Why did you choose your major?

I got really lucky in ending up as a Health Science major. I took my first health science class as a GE requirement and realized that was where I wanted to be. While I was in high school, I fell in love with the idea of helping others, but could never see myself as a doctor or nurse, and wasn't interested in social work. Health science ended up being the perfect "in-between", and I have definitely found my niche and my home away from home in Health Science.

What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

Being a Dean's Scholar is a testament to the hard work I have put towards my academics. I have always had high academic standards for myself and receiving this award keeps me motivated to maintain those standards in everything else I do, whether it be continued education or beginning my career.

Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

My family has been my number one support system throughout my academic career. My parents were always there to give me the perfect advice (whether I wanted to follow it or not), and steer me in the right direction when I was drifting. Their support kept me focused, and their confidence in me helped me to keep an eye on my future and to realize all the potential I have. My professors and peers have also helped me through giving me the insight and feedback from those in my position and those who were once in my position. I am eternally grateful for all the support I have received, for without it, I would not be where I am today.

What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

To my fellow peers and students, never give up. There will always be people hoping for you to fail, and for each one of them, there will be a person wishing you luck and knowing you will succeed. Focus on your potential, rather than what you think you are incapable of. You will always experience a road block, but as we've learned in Health Science, resiliency will help get you through it. Lastly, get involved! You may achieve excellence, but that excellence is nothing without experience. See what you study in action, use what you know to help another, and experience the world around you.

Where would you like to be in 5-10 years? 

In 5-10 years, I would like to have completed both master's programs I am interested in, and be well on my way to experiencing the vastness of health science. I hope to be creating change and making health more accessible, whether it be from behind a desk or in the community. I have plans for my future, but we all know that plans always change. I'm looking forward to my next ten years, regardless of what I do and where I end up.


A few words from her nominating professor:

Nicole is graduating in May after a glorious 3 years in the Health Science Department. She is a focused, disciplined, and talented young woman whose commitments and perspective on education influence people all around her.  For the past 2 years, she has volunteered countless hours in our community partnership with McKinley Elementary School--Salud Familiar--including last summer when she voluntarily organized and implemented a 6-week recreation program for children and mothers who otherwise had no summer activity program in the neighborhood.  Nicole's mother is from Thailand and her father from the US.  She uses her bicultural sensibilities to build trust with people from diverse backgrounds, and her formidable analytical skills to solve problems and "make a way out of no way."  She exemplifies the best of SJSU's commitment to community, inspiring Spartan Pride in us all.

-Professor Kathleen Roe