Nikki Harnett ‘23

Sociology Major
photo of Nikki Harnett


Plymouth, Minn.

What made you choose UNH?

I play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team here at UNH, so recruitment was a big part of my choosing process. I stepped onto the UNH campus when I was 15, and it just felt like home. I knew I was going to spend my college years here. Durham is awesome and the size is big enough to not know everybody, but small enough to feel connected to everyone on campus.

How did you choose your major and why?

Freshman year, I came into school undeclared. By second semester, I declared sociology as my major. I knew I was most interested in a liberal arts degree and I was looking for a field that would be useful for law school. Sociology is perfect for all of my greatest interests: social justice, equality and the criminal justice system.

What do you enjoy most about being in the College of Liberal Arts?

I love COLA because all of my courses are interconnected. I take a sociology, justice studies and psychology class at the same time, and we will cover the same topics from different perspectives, so I know I’m getting the whole picture. It’s nice to be surrounded by professors and peers that have similar passions and come from different backgrounds.

Are you involved in any groups, clubs or organizations?

As previously stated, I am on the women’s hockey team. I also am a part of the Student Athlete Committee on Mutual Respect, which aims to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in both UNH athletics and at UNH overall.

How is COLA preparing you for career and professional success?

Being in COLA has taught me many skills which I feel are necessary to be successful later on in life. I have learned how to write an awesome research paper or literature review, how to look at statistics and research with a critical eye, and how to successfully communicate my opinions using hordes of evidence.

What are your post-graduation plans at this point?

As of right now, I hope to go to law school after completing my undergrad. I am passionate about social justice and I would like to eventually become a civil rights attorney.

What is one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I was a huge choir nerd in high school. Now that I play a Division I sport, I don’t have much time for organized singing, but I still love to sing in my free time.