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The Bahamas boast more than 700 islands, hospitable people, and year-round great weather. The only thing that was missing for Marcus Sands, Jr. was Northampton Community College. Last fall, when the opportunity to attend NCC literally fell into his lap, Sands voluntarily packed his bags and headed stateside – and hasn’t looked back since.
Angel Diaz graduated from Easton Area High School in the top 10 percent of her class. She is the president of NCC's student senate, a CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity) recipient, holds a steady job, and is an immigration activist in the Lehigh Valley community. Still, the lifelong resident of the United States is not formally documented as a U.S. citizen, and therefore is not eligible to receive scholarships or other financial aid opportunities that are available to her peers.
Emmanuel Maxwell – who is studying biology in hopes of one day becoming an optometrist – readily admits that his first two semesters here were a disappointment by any standards. The courses that were required for his major, including science and math, didn’t come easily to him. Cutting his course load in his second semester didn't help, and his family was beginning to lose confidence in him. Then an invitation to audition for a theatre production changed everything, quite literally, about the academic journey that Maxwell was on.
Holly Martin considers her current studies at NCC to be her "second chance."Much has happened in Marti's life since the first time she stepped through the college's doors eight years ago when she intended to become a nurse. Driven by a passion for the medical field, she worked as an EMT and then as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) before an injury on the job derailed her and threw her into a whirlwind of worker’s compensation claims and dealing with attorneys on a daily basis.
As the house lights dim and the curtain opens in NCC's Lipkin Theatre, a feeling of exhilaration floods the senses of theatre students who have been diligently preparing for roles in musicals and plays. It was that feeling of being part of the entertainment – and the overall experience of being onstage – that led sophomore student Parker Ryan to stick with theatre over his first choice of math as a program major.
Since she was a child, Kristina Arvelo's family would always encourage her to pursue an education that would allow her to one day support herself and stand on her own two feet. Now, she's determined to earn her associate’s degree and eventually move on to her bachelor’s and doctorate – with the intention of ending up in a career where she can help others stand on their own two feet.
In the summer of 2012, Yinezca Quinones had one more semester to finish at Northampton Community College before she would earn her associate’s degree. She was looking forward to moving on to the next chapter in her life, which would include planning her wedding. Then, three weeks before classes were set to begin, Quinones, a member of the Army National Guard, was deployed to Kuwait. Her education, as usual, would have to be put on hold.
Adejoh discovered during childhood that he had a knack for being able to repair his family’s home computer, which sparked an interest as he worked through grade levels and eventually found himself on a FRC (First Robotics Competition) team in high school. His coach gave him the assignment of overseeing the maintenance of the robot while he also acted as a student programmer learning from a mentor. It was through this process that Adejoh discovered that he’d rather pursue a college major in information systems rather than in programming, but he still needed the right environment to learn in.
The third time was the charm for Adurea Liburd.After enrolling in two other colleges, Liburd wasn’t having a hard time staying in school because she wasn’t interested in what was happening in the classroom. In fact, she was having a hard time committing herself to careers that didn’t feel right to her despite the fact that she was keeping near-perfect grades. She needed a career that she could put her whole heart into, taught to her by teachers who are just as passionate as she is.
Vanessa Mbabazi is one of 332. That is, Mbabazi is one of just 332 Rwandans who are currently enrolled in 118 U.S. institutions of higher education in 37 states. Now in her third semester at NCC, the business administration major is still enjoying everything about pursuing a degree in a country where the higher education system is beyond the developmental stages.
Justin Skrzypek knows that he enjoys being the go-to person in work-related situations. There’s something about talking to someone who is dealing with any number of issues, and helping to guide them on the right path, that appeals to the Engineering major.
Sophomore Jaden Makovsky wants to make one thing clear about the supposed career limitations that she’s imposed upon herself as an English major: the only person who can get in the way of her goals is her.
Students, says Devan Allen, should figure themselves out before they attempt to figure out what type of career they should pursue. A community college is a great starting point, where anyone can build on their interests and decide how to expand upon them going into the future.
The day of her NCC residence hall orientation, sophomore Carolina Mayor was given some valuable advice: don’t be afraid to take risks. Having then realized that she perhaps hadn’t taken risks prior to college, Mayor immediately became involved in on-campus activities as a member of both the student senate and the women’s club. Some would say that her biggest college accomplishment, however, is deciding to embrace a career path that has only recently seen a rise in the number of females in the field.
Interior Design student Codi Januszkiewicz spent her spring 2013 semester balancing classes, two jobs, and an internship. She also now has the ability to integrate architectural understanding into her design skills – a task that, two years ago, she was afraid she wouldn't be able to pull off.
Chloe Hoyak remembers being excited about bold colors and organizing spaces even as a young girl. Design remained in her blood through her teenage years, and when it came time to think about college, she was excited to be accepted to the New York School of Interior Design. A life on your own in the big city isn't for every 16-year-old, however, and so Hoyak's parents gently gave her a nudge in another direction: Northampton Community College.
When Jason Toncik graduated from NCC in 2009 with a degree in computer programming, he went to work for a Lehigh Valley company that ultimately outsourced their local jobs. After only two years of working in his field, he was faced with the prospect of unemployment unless he decided to go search for a similar job in a big city.
There is a quote in the book The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale that says, "The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." Vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Jeffrey Focht, gave a copy of this book to NCC business administration student Bill Rowe, whose own college journey thus far could have been based on that quote.
Fourth-semester Paralegal Studies student Natacha Clicteur wanted to invest in a career that would provide her with future job security, but more than anything she wanted to enter into a field that is exciting, varied and intellectually stimulating.