Megan Smith | University Advancement | 19 March 2008
Nickoma Ing was born in the rural town of Gisborne, on the North Island of New Zealand. As a child, this little girl, in this little town, had big dreams for herself. She dreamed of one day being able to get an education from a prestigious university and of dancing professionally. Little did this girl know, that with some hard work and perseverance, her dreams would one day be realized in big ways.
She first gained a realization that she could, indeed, accomplish her dream from her mother, who never gave up herself and who believed in Nickoma's unlimited potential. "My mother is my biggest inspiration, she always thought me that I could do anything, so trusting her, I knew I could be whatever I wanted to be."