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STUDENT PROFILE: From Haiti to Nichols

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DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College junior Lynn Thibault has only a short commute from Webster, Mass., to get to campus every day, but she’s come much farther than that.  She arrived in America as a child, along with thousands of others, from Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010.

“I came here when I was 13. I was traumatized by the earthquake,” Thibault recalled, adding that she relocated from the Haitian capital Port Au Prince to Worcester before moving several years ago to her current home with her mother and two younger sisters.  Her father, a college professor in Haiti, remained there.

As she pursues her college degree in marketing, Thibault has focused on serving others. As a student ambassador, she provides campus tours to prospective students and their families. She also participates in the Nichols NEXT program, mentoring incoming first-year students before the fall term starts. And she sits on the board of the College’s Institute for Women’s Leadership, helping create activities for that organization.

Her involvement around campus has had other benefits, Thibault noted. “It’s improved my leadership skills and helped me build a network with faculty members,” she said. “It’s been an amazing experience.”

Thibault has had to deal with more than the typical college course load. Her family, for example, came to the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, and they may have to return to Haiti as early as this year because of proposed changes in federal policy.

“It’s hard every day,” Thibault said, “not knowing whether we leave or stay.”

For her final journalism course project last semester at Nichols, she wrote a story focused on several local organizations advocating for the TPS Haitian population around Worcester.

She received an A.


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education. Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Within a supportive community, Nichols offers and experiential business curriculum with a strong liberal arts foundation that is enhanced by the scholarship of practice and pedagogy; integrates research and scholarship into the student experience programs and activities that cultivate and enhance professional skills and readiness; and develops the communication and critical-thinking abilities, the ethical and cultural perspectives, and the necessary teamwork skills that are required of leaders in a global economy.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Nichols College
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
Twitter: @NicholsNewsroom and @Nichols_College