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Love in the first degree

03 December 2012
Nicholas O'Conner and Nicole Huig, Springfield campus' first wedding.
USQ's Springfield campus will celebrate another milestone when cupid’s arrow skewers the campus’ first student wedding this month (12 December).

Second year students Nicholas O’Connor and Nicole Huig will graduate from fiancé to spouse in an intimate ceremony in Robelle Domain Parklands with the USQ buildings standing witness in the background.

The couple met in 2010, a short time after Nicole began studying at USQ.

They developed a strong friendship before Nick asked Nicole out on their first date at Tomato Brothers in Ipswich.

Nicole said although he was shy, she and Nick hit it off immediately.

“We found each other very engaging to talk to and for the first time I had a man challenge my thinking with quiet, intelligent thoughts,” Nicole said.

“In the early stages of our relationship it was very clear we complemented each other well.

“His strengths were my weaknesses and vice versa.”

Neither Nick nor Nicole studied immediately after school, choosing to work full time instead.

“I worked until the birth of my first child Lachlan and on becoming a single parent; I felt an enormous sense of empowerment.

“I decided to go to university so my son could have a better future,” she said.

“Nick had always thought university was an unobtainable goal, but after watching me manage my studies with a child at home, he decided to give it a go.”

Nick is studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Nicole is undertaking the Bachelor of Human Services.

“Education is such an important value for us both and we have been able to share the incredible journey of university together.

“It will be wonderful to have the USQ campus as a backdrop for our wedding.”

Nicole and Nick will be married in an intimate ceremony at Robelle Domain Parklands, officiated by Nicole’s father Erwin Huig.

They will share the day with family and friends, including their sons, Lachlan and Dylan who was born during the semester one exam block this year.
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