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Nicole Cottle

Nicole Cottle

Deputy chief counsel | Dept. of Veterans Affairs | Class of 2001

Nicole Cottle's first memory of her time on campus was “enthusiastically signing up for more registered student organizations and activities than my schedule would possibly allow" during Quad Day.

It wasn’t the last time the future deputy chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would do something regrettable in her favorite campus spot/

“I often made it all the way to the steps of English building but just couldn’t convince myself to go inside to class, so I’d sit outside on the Quad reading in the sunshine or hanging out with friends who passed by — and hoping not to be spotted by my professors.”