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#PittsburghMe: Meet Nikole Kost, Photojournalism Major

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Meet Nikole Kost

Major: Photojournalism
Expected graduation: Spring 2019
Hometown: Export, Pa.
High school: Kiski Area High School
Scholarship: Trustee
Dream job: CNN Photojournalist

"I’ve been able to network with industry professionals from all over the country through my professors, and that is something you won't get anywhere else."

                     -- Nikole Kost

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Why did you choose Point Park University?

I chose Point Park because of the urban campus, small class sizes, networking opportunities and the overall hands-on education.

How is Point Park preparing you for your career?

All of the professors at Point Park have real-world experience in the subjects they teach. I’ve been able to network with industry professionals from all over the country through my professors, and that is something you won't get anywhere else. In just my first semester at Point Park, faculty members helped me find paid work in my field, and I now have photos published in the New York Post and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (shout out to Andy Conte)!

How is Pittsburgh different from your hometown?

I live on a horse farm in the middle of nowhere. Living in the city is a whole different world from where I grew up. I love that I get to experience the best of both worlds at home and on campus.

There's a lot to see and do Downtown. What's your favorite thing?

My favorite thing to do Downtown is eat. Pittsburgh offers so many cultural dining options throughout the city. I can eat food from all over the world in one place.

Lawrence Hall or Thayer Hall?

Lawrence. One month of the school year without air conditioning isn't so bad when you have your own bathroom. Pro-tip: if you live in a triple room like I did, you have two bathrooms. 

What advice would you give to incoming students?

My best advice is to get involved from day one. Sign up for every club you're interested in, especially those that will complement your major. Getting involved is how you make friends and stand out from everyone else on your resume.

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Text and photo by Brittany Bishop, senior sports, arts, and entertainment management major

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