Nicole Gibbs -- 100 Alumni You Should Know

Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs -- 100 Alumni You Should Know


By Khassandra Hameg

When 2005 graduate Nicole (McNair) Gibbs finished at USAO, she thought she would be in communications for the rest of her life, but soon found that her path would take a different direction.

“I worked for several years in the newspaper industry -- at The Marlow Review and The Record,” Gibbs said. “I discovered that I liked what I did, but I didn't love it. My husband, son and I moved back to Oklahoma from southeast Texas in 2013. I honestly did not want to go back to work for any kind of news media, so I started over.

“I applied to a receptionist opening at Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates in Norman. I had no idea that I would eventually work my way into this job. I think I have finally found the job that I want to have until retirement. I love working with patients and being able to help people -- even if it's only to lend a caring ear when they are scared or stressed.” Gibbs is now a medical assistant for an ear, nose and throat surgeon (Dr. Jeffrey Buyten) in Norman, Oklahoma.

Gibbs graduated from USAO with a degree in communication. Although not in her field of study, she says that her college education prepared her for her current career.

“I feel like my education at USAO prepared me to accept and embrace the change that life can bring. Yes, I have a degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism. I do not use that particular part of my degree anymore but I am able to throw myself in just about any situation/conversation without much of a struggle. I am proud of my time at USAO and encourage many to take a look at this beautiful, brilliant school. It has big world experience and culture with a small-town feel.”

In addition to a career change, Gibbs also had to face a change in her health. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013. “Yes, my disease makes life a little more difficult, but I have an awesome team of doctors, an awesome family and wonderful friends and co-workers. I get up every morning and make it through the day, but only because I know I have a great support system. I have MS, it does not have me.”

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