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Nykki Canete

Nicole Canete spent her time at De Anza encouraging others to turn negative experiences into a strong and positive future. A recipient of the DeHart Memorial Scholarship, Canete transferred to UC Berkeley to major in psychology and use those skills to continue helping people find their inner strength.

“Psychology is not a skill that is just used in one particular place, but rather it is used every day and in every relationship,” Canete said. “Psychology has helped me to better understand myself as well as others around me.”

Canete participated in many clubs and activities on and off-campus. She is a tutor, volunteer babysitter for families in need and a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center. She was the media/public relations officer of the Psychology Club and a member of Cross Cultural Partners, LGBTQIA Club and the Honors Club. She was also an assistant coach of the school cheer and dance team.

“Dancing was a passion of mine which helped me through some hard times,” Canete added. “I believe that everyone needs an outlet and dancing was and still is mine.”

Canete wants to help victims of rape and abuse find their own outlets for expression. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a joint Ph.D./J.D. degree. She also wants to start a camp where abuse victims can heal themselves through music, dance and art.

“The most important thing is to never give up on yourself,” Canete said. “Be your biggest fan and others will soon follow suit.”






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Last Updated: 12/19/14