The beer enthusiast embraces getting older and going back to school

Nichole Endicott is a beer enthusiast and bartender by night, and a PTA mom and college student by day. She peddles craft beers — leaning heavy on local brews — at Harvest Pizzeria in Dublin. The eatery's next two events are beer dinners with Athens-based Jackie O's on Thursday, Jan. 24, and with Columbus Brewing Company on Feb. 12. Here are a few things she loves.

Meshikou
If you like ramen and haven't been here you have NO idea what you are missing. It is located in the heart of Bethel Plaza. I crave this place no less than once a week and have to tell myself there is no way eating ramen that much can be healthy. That Spicy Miso Ramen is what dreams are made of. The sweetness of the corn, the spicy broth, the perfectly cooked egg … ugh! (Can you tell I am on a diet right now?) Soon, ramen. Soooon!

Lineage Brewing
Being a mom who is back in school after 20 years, I don't have as much time to hit up breweries as I used to. But when I do, I like to make it count. Lineage on High Street in Clintonville has been my favorite brewery since it opened (full disclosure: I worked there a few years back). The food is amazing, the staff members know what they are talking about and the beer selection is not only fantastic but also extremely diverse. I'm confident that anyone I take there will have something to enjoy.

Being a nontraditional student
I cannot emphasize how much I love being back in school. I am attending Columbus State Community College and the entire experience is so different. I love dusting off the proverbial brain cobwebs. I take pride in every A grade, and am frustrated by anything less. I enjoy leading discussions in class when the younger students may be shy to speak up. There really is something to be said about not caring what people think as you get older. It's pretty rad.

Being a fun parent
Don't get me wrong, we have rules and guidelines in our house, but we all laugh together, yell together and create chaotic memories together. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Being 40
I don't understand why people, especially women — thanks, society — fear turning 40. I feel like a whole new life has been breathed into me. I am reaching goals now that I felt were too unattainable to even attempt a few years back. I have more confidence in who I am and where my place is in life, and I love that! I encourage ANYONE who fears getting older to truly embrace all of the new opportunities you have in front of you, because they are countless.