Valerie Notarnicoloa, a sophomore from Algonquin majoring in art education, used to have dark brown hair down to her back. And then she went through a bad break-up. She said good bye to a boyfriend and good bye to long brown hair, in exchange for a shaved head with red locks. At first her parents weren't on board, but then her mom came to accept it. "Ok, that suits you," her mother said. Notarnicoloa agrees. "It matches me," Notarnicoloa said. "I'm an outgoing person. I'm that unique person with an willingness to meet people." Notarnicoloa feels NIU in conducive to diversity be it vibrant hair color or otherwise. "I love the people here," Notarnicoloa said. "No one is rude or mean to me. Everyone is diverse here."