Meet a Staffer: Nicole Waddell

Every month, we introduce you to one of the people who work on 417 Magazine. This month, meet Nicole Waddell.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

Nicole Waddell, 24
Creative Coordinator

How long have you been working here?
7 months

Describe what you do at work day-to-day.
I design ads for clients, and I’m in charge of all the special sections, including the profiles and product features. I’m a part of the marketing team, which involves designing house ads, signage and materials for our events and ads for 417 Magazine and non-417 Magazine web campaigns. I’m also in charge of the sales materials for our events and promotions. It takes a lot of organization (and, at times, deep breaths), but there is never a dull moment. I love it.

Do you have a nickname in the 417 Magazine office?
Not yet, but I was given the Fountain of Youth award at our Christmas party. I often get teased about how young I look and how I’ve looked the same for the last five years—make that 10.

What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time with my husband, Jamie, my family and friends. And I can’t forget my main little man, my dog Bentley. I also live for designing cards and invitations and being crafty. I have become quite the D.I.Y. queen. And if I could do something every day, I would play volleyball. I don’t get to play nearly as much as I would like anymore.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
I love designing all of the special sections. One of my favorites was our first Food Wars promotion in January. I got to design the spread in the magazine and the ads for the web campaign from scratch. It was neat seeing the finished product in print. I even got to try some of the chicken wings on the photo shoots. Bonus!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
I haven’t had to do anything really weird yet, but something neat I experienced was sitting in on an eye surgery for a medical profile shoot. Our photographer, Kevin O’Riley, and I had to scrub in. I had never done anything like it. I’m proud and surprised to say I did not faint.

What’s your favorite thing to eat that you can only find in 417-land?I still have a lot of places to try, but so far I love the ravioli and Caesar salad at Nonna’s Italian Cafe. I’m a sucker for Italian food.

What’s your dream vacation, and what five people would you take with you?
Bora Bora. I’m crazy about beaches and tropical places. I would bring my husband, sister, sister-in-law and best friends, Sarah and Lauren.

What would you do if you won $1 million?First, I would of course pay off my Mizzou student loans and save some for our future kids. Then, I would travel to Fiji, St. Lucia, Australia, Greece, Ireland and so on. Oh, the life.

What’s your favorite piece of magazine lingo?
Illo. (short for illustration). It’s such a fun word.

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