Nicole Antaya, Psychology, Class of 2019

Nicole Antaya, a Quinnipiac senior psychology major, is slated to graduate in May after spending the last six years working on a bachelor’s degree while fighting cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder marked by chronic lung infections that sharply reduce a person’s ability to breathe.

Three years ago, just as she was getting into her studies, Antaya found herself in a life-or-death struggle. As doctors measured her lung function at a near-suffocating 18 percent, they knew time was running out.

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