Name: Nicole Allen
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
Why did you choose to come to Ball State?
I chose to come to Ball State because of the gorgeous campus, the size of the school, and I was excited about becoming a part of the Ball State gymnastics team.
What is one thing most people don't know about you?
One thing most people don't know about me is how I like to sing and I'm actually pretty good at it.
What are your plans upon graduating?
After graduation, I plan to attend medical school so I can one day be a physician focusing either on neurology or dermatology.
What is your favorite place to eat in Muncie?
My favorite place to eat in Muncie would have to be Puerto's. Even though I order the same thing every time, it never fails to satisfy my craving for Mexican food.
How did you get involved with the sport of gymnastics?
Growing up, I had always been the kid who was considered to be so energetic. As a little kid I would try to be like Tarzan and rip down my mother's curtains. When my parents told their friends about my antics, one friend suggested they put me in gymnastics classes. They took their friend's advice and I've been doing it ever since.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I usually always eat waffles for breakfast before a meet. I also have to listen to my "meet playlist" with a ton of pump up songs.
How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?Being a student-athlete has affected my college experience in such a positive way. I've been provided the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and share great memories with my team. I also think it has helped me grow as a person and realize my true goals in life and what matters most to me.
What has been your most memorable moment while representing Ball State on the playing field?
I think my most memorable moment was at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships. We started the meet on bars, which did not go as well as we all hoped, but we did not let that affect the rest of our competition. We came back after that bar rotation to rock out the last three events. As a result of this, the team was able to battle back to a third place finish and I won two MAC titles on the vault and floor. I think that moment showed the entire team how important mental strength and the power of team unity truly is to a group who has trained so hard together for such a long period of time.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a student-athlete at Ball State?
The most rewarding aspect of being a student-athlete at Ball State is just the happiness that comes with being able to represent the school you love through doing what you love.
Who has had the greatest impact on you during your time at Ball State?
My parents have always had a huge impact on my life, especially during my time at Ball State. They have always given me the best advice and support, even though they are so far away.
What is your favorite thing to do other than gymnastics?
My favorite thing to do outside of gymnastics is to hang out with my friends and family. I also like to travel whenever I get the chance.
Favorite class you have taken at Ball State?
Believe it or not, my favorite class I have taken has been History 150. I really love history because I feel like it's important to know where you come from in order to know where you're going. I'm also just really interested in government and all of its political workings.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?There are actually two people. The first would be Martin Luther King Jr., because he had such a positive impact on the world and really changed the way people view one another. The other person would be Anderson Cooper. He is someone who is very influential and reports in areas from which others shy away.