Senior from Fairfax, Virginia
Major: Marketing in the College of Business and Economics
Campus Involvement: Highlander Queen, Diversity Awareness Programming Board, Delta Sigma Pi, Residence Hall Association, Resident Assistant (Ingles & Draper), Lead 110, QUEST
Radford University made quite an impression on Nicole Chambati long before she was ready to attend college. In 2004, Chambati, a native of Zimbabwe, came to the United States with her parents.
At that time, Chambati was in eighth grade. Through her school, she discovered the College Partnership Program, designed to foster connections nationwide between colleges and first-generation or traditionally underserved students. That program offered her an opportunity to stay on Radford University’s campus for 10 days, during which she was able to preview college life. The close-knit campus community and high-quality academic programs won her over.
“Even though I was young when I visited, I never forgot how much I loved Radford,” she said. After applying and being accepted to the university, Chambati wasted no time becoming involved with campus life – nor in completing her education. She is graduating just three short years after beginning her degree.
After graduation, Chambati hopes to find a position as an event planner for a nonprofit organization. She intends to return to school to complete a master’s degree in the future.