Shaniqua “Nikki” Singleton knew working toward her bachelor’s degree was a chance to be a role model for her daughters and other adult learners. Now, after transferring to UBalt from a local community college, Nikki is on her way to being the first in her family to graduate from college.
Her oldest is already poised to follow her lead, enrolling in the same community college.
“I want people, younger girls, to realize that they can do whatever they want, and also for adult women to realize it's never too late. For me, graduating and getting my degree is just being an example to say you're not too old to do this."
Nikki doesn’t make any decision lightly. When she decided to go to college, she had to pick one that fit in a life already heavily consumed by family and work, but that also would help her grow. UBalt had that, plus a community feel that made her comfortable.
“It's very personable. You get to know people. You're not just your student ID—which sometimes you can get lost in the larger universities—so that that was a huge thing for me.”
Nikki is majoring in Human Services Administration and minoring in Victim Studies. When she first became pregnant with her oldest daughter, she turned to a crisis pregnancy center for the support she needed—and found so much more. She hopes to pay it forward.
"I want to create my own business, offering holistic wellness. I just love to help people. I love to help people problem solve and empower themselves."