Nikki Gonzales is a 2019 graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in child and family development. Nikki is a first-generation college student who grew up in the Springfield, Missouri area and attended Republic school district until her junior year. From that point, she finished her high school diploma through an online program, and then went on to complete her associate degree through Ozark Community College. While at Missouri State, she was able to volunteer for a local group home for foster care youth and Boys and Girls Club. In addition to volunteering, she spent several years as a swim team coach for the local park board where she was able to work with children and teens of all ages.