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Central MA College Standout: Worcester State’s Nicole Michaud

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


WSU senior Nicole Michaud is looking to use being a student to her advantage to have an impact on environmental issues.

Worcester State University (WSU) senior Nicole Michaud is a passionate advocate for environmental issues. The 21-year-old Geography major with a concentration in Environmental Studies is also pursuing a minor in Business Administration. A natural leader, she is president of the Environmental Advocacy Group, a member of the Executive Leadership Counsel at WSU and has been a member of the Divestment Team in Fall of 2013 and Pride Alliance in 2011. The Environmental Advocacy Group is holding a free screening of a documentary this week to help inform the public about making wise food decisions.

A conversation with Nicole Michaud

SW: Let's talk about the free screening of Genetic Roulette on January 30th, and how you are involved.

NM: Genetic Roulette is a powerful seminal documentary that provides never-before-seen-evidence pointing to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children.

The Environmental Advocacy Group at Worcester State University, of which I am currently president, is hosting a screening of Genetic Roulette, which "provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future." The event is a two-part movie screening. The first showing is open to Worcester State University students only, to be held in Lancer Landing in the Student Center from 12:15-2 pm. Refreshments have been donated by WSU's Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development. This will include cookies, cupcakes, hot apple cider, and iced tea.

The second screening of Genetic Roulette is open to the public. It is being held in the Eager Auditorium in the Sullivan Building from 6-8 pm this Thursday, the 30th. It will begin with organic appetizers, which were donated from the WSU's Office of Sustainability. After the screening there will be a Q&A with biologist and co-founder of Mass Right to Know GMOs Ed Stockman.

Both events are free but we would appreciate donations. Donations go to Mass Right to Know GMOs.

SW: Were you involved in advocacy before you came to Worcester State?

NM: When I started school I would often think to myself, “I am only a student, what effect can I have?” But now I know that being a student is a powerful position when you know how to lead a group to victory.

SW: How do you envision your future career?

NM: My goal is to marry sustainable business techniques, environmental awareness, and public involvement.

SW: What has been your most memorable course or professor?

NM: Introduction to Microeconomics with Professor William O’Brien.

SW: What are you passionate about in your personal life?

NM: Urban Garden, being outside, cooking, and spending time with my amazing boyfriend, friends, and family.

SW: Where do you go and what do you do when you leave campus?

NM: I enjoy meeting for a coffee with friends at Nu Cafe or a bite to eat at one of Worcester’s many amazing restaurants. I also enjoy hiking at Broad Meadow Brook and occasionally doing some volunteer work.

SW: What is your favorite quote?

NM: My favorite quote is “The more you know the more you need to learn.” –Steve Ahn

SW: What about your favorite book?

NM: The first novel I ever read by myself was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and I continued on to read the other six novels in the series, so they will always hold a special place in my heart.

SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

NM: That I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do and I have trained in mixed martial arts!

SW: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

NM: Living in a world that integrates sustainability into every facet of the community.


Central MA College Standout is a weekly feature that profiles college and university students in Central MA or from the region. Join us every Tuesday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of today’s local college student. If you have suggestions for a profile, email [email protected].

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Related Slideshow: College Guide: Best Off-Campus Study Spots in Central MA

Are you having trouble finding some much needed peace and quiet on your college campus? Check out the following coffee shops and cafés, which are sure to satisfy your studying needs and taste buds.

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In House Coffee

Enjoy homemade regular and flavored coffee, fresh baked muffins, bagels and more at In House Coffee. They even feature a Tiramisu flavored coffee and serve breakfast sandwiches. At In House Coffee you’ll find all the caffeine and baked goods you’re going to need to get through your studying.

225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM - 10 PM, Sun 8 AM - 10 PM. 

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Bean Counter Coffee Bar

Continuously voted “Best Coffee” by Worcester Magazine, Bean Counter Coffee Bar & Bakery offers the perfect energy boost for your long day of studying. Order one of their homemade pastries for an extra pick me up.

113 Highland St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 AM - 10 PM, Fri 6:30 AM - 11 PM, Sat 7 AM - 11 PM, Sun 7 AM - 10 PM.

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Acoustic Java

Acoustic Java is a great spot for studying off-campus, offering plenty of seating and a cozy atmosphere. They also offer a wide selection of seasonal freshly roasted and artisan coffees, teas and made-to-order sandwiches as well as vegetarian options.

932A Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 7 PM, Sat- Sun 8 AM - 6 PM.

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NU Café

Curl up next to the fireplace with your books and a latte. Is there really any other way to study? Serving certified organic coffee and real fruit smoothies, NU Café has everything you need to get through your study session. Not convinced? At night they serve beer and wine for those 21+.

335 Chandler St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 9 AM - 8 PM.

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Starbucks is more than great coffee and snacks. Its comfy chairs and tables provide you with the perfect study environment. Choose from their many hot and cold drink items as well as their sandwiches, pastries and salads.

11 East Central St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Sat 5 AM - 10 PM, Sun 6 AM - 8:30 PM.

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Panera Bread

Though everyone knows Panera for their delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, their couches and booths are also a great place to get some studying done while you eat. With many great locations Panera Bread is a convenient place for homework.

Three locations: 120 Goldstar Blvd, Worcester, 508-856-7007; 50 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, 508-798-9949; 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury.

Check website for local addresses, phone numbers, and hours.

Photo: Flickr/docoverachiever

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Straight Up Café

Straight Up Café serves locally roasted coffees so you know you’ll be drinking the freshest coffee while writing that final paper. Offering breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads, you’ll have enough options to get you through a whole day of studying.

795 Main St, Worcester


Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 5 PM.

Photo: Flickr/roboppy


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