I love the Nothing Down Organization! I especially enjoyed the Gala where I got to perform with a dance group. It was so much fun!

My name is Nicole. I am 20 years old and live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with my parents, two poodles and some chickens. Down syndrome is only a small part of who I am. My parents, brother, sister, cousins and friends have always treated me the same as anyone else. Down syndrome is no big deal! I am just like any other 20 year-old.

From preschool through high school graduation, I attended the same schools as my sister, Melissa, and my brother, Brandon. In high school, I was in the Marching Band and National Honor Society. My fellow students elected me Prom Queen in my senior year. I was a Girl Scout for more than 10 years and earned the Girl Scout Gold award by making a free lending library at my local Community Center. We collected over 2,000 donated books and built a little free library box to go outside the Community Center. At the Girls Scouts Awards Ceremony, I spoke about my project to over 100 people. I love public speaking!

Right now, I have two jobs, a volunteer job and a paying job. I volunteer at Children’s Village a preschool at Doylestown Hospital where I feed and play with babies. At Children’s Village, I give back to the place where I went to preschool and got an early start. Some of the teachers there remember rubbing my back to help me fall asleep when I was 3 years old. Now I get to rub the backs of other small children while they are falling to sleep for their naps. For spending money, I work as a hostess at Red Robin. I seat customers, run food and walk around the Red mascot on kid’s nights. It is a fun place to work and my co-workers and managers are awesome.

In the fall, I will be going to East Stroudsburg University. Then, I will live in a house, off campus with 4 other students! In the meantime, I take courses at Bucks County Community College. I audited public speaking and now I am taking basic writing for my first 3 college credits! I love being there and already made some good friends. After college I hope to find a job helping people.

You can see that there is nothing down about my life!

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