Nicole Clifton, Prescott Hall RD
Oversees: Prescott Hall, with James Rogers
GCU experiences: I’ve worked at GCU for one year as an RD. Last year I was involved in campus activities like Lip Sync, our first Prescott Palooza, Java Jam, and two women’s panel events.
Q: As a graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, what recent performances have you seen that you would recommend?
A: I’m a huge fan of musicals. I saw a production of “Hairspray” this past spring and it was wonderful. Whether it’s going down to ASU’s Gammage Auditorium or the Herberger or Orpheum theaters downtown for professional performances, supporting our COFAP department here at GCU, or supporting a community theater group, I’d advise people to try something new. You may be surprised.
Q: As a self-professed bookworm, how many books did you read this summer, and which ones are must-reads for your friends?
A: I read quite a few and my list of books to read is always longer than I actually have time for. I often read two books at a time, one in fiction and another for spiritual development/self-growth. This summer I read “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, and “The Freedom Writers Diary” by Erin Gruwell. I also read “Love is an Orientation” by Andrew Marin, “My Generation” by Josh Riebock, and “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud.
Q: What causes are you passionate about and what things have you done in support of those?
A: I am definitely passionate about injustice. My senior year I did my internship with Streetlight, which is an organization here in town that helps get underage girls out of prostitution. I care about creating awareness for abuse, building bridges between Christians and the GLBT community, and mentoring college students (especially women) to make the most of their college experience.
Q: What sets GCU apart from other universities where you’ve visited or attended?
A: One thing I love about GCU is the mix between being a Christian school and not having to be a Christian to go here. There is a definite Christian influence on this campus, but you don’t have to be a Christian to live here and be a part of this community.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from living in dorms when you were an undergrad?
A: Oh man… Late-night QT runs, staying up all night with my suitemates and then driving to Denny’s for breakfast at 5 a.m., being an RA and having my residents trust and confide in me, being able to know everyone on my hall so well and trust them that I didn’t feel the need to lock my door. Some of the girls who lived on my hall my freshman year of college are still some of my dearest friends five years later.