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.
"In high school, I didn't take school too seriously. I came here and I wasn't sure yet what I was going to do," recalls Rowe. "At orientation, I met professor [of business and accounting, Jeanine] Metzler and she really took me under her wing. The first semester was a little rough for me but since then, the rest of my college experience has been great. She pointed out that I wasn't focused, but she really turned it around for me."
One of the positives that Rowe has always had working in his favor is his upbeat attitude and his desire to set the bar high in everything he tries to accomplish. He was heavily influenced by an accounting teacher he had at Bethlehem Catholic High School who helped him realize his love for numbers and stats. A diehard Baltimore baseball fan, Rowe has a personality that can fill a room no matter how big or small, and has an ultimate goal of becoming a president of baseball operations.
"I just love being around the game. Connecting business with baseball would be awesome," says Rowe, who also umpires in his free time. "I think about my experiences at NCC and I always have positive thoughts and positive energy. At orientation professor Metzler talked to me about business club, and I said that one day, I was going to be an officer."
Rowe went on to not only head up the business club, but also took part in NCC's 2013 leadership development program. Along with 18 of his peers, Rowe spent the spring semester meeting every week for exercises led by faculty, staff and community leaders. The experience left him with lasting friendships and new connections around the Lehigh Valley – connections that he knows he needs to continue building in the future.
"You have to set yourself apart from everyone else," says Rowe, who is transferring to Penn State's main campus for the next leg of his academic journey. "I learned at NCC that there are so many people to guide and inspire you, and who push you in the right direction. You need to surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed."
Much like with baseball, Rowe says that with academics, you have to have an end game in mind of what you want to accomplish.
"Dr. Focht always says to set your goal and then go 10 percent higher," says Rowe. "He told me to write a mission statement for myself. So I'm going to write down my goals and look at them every day."
Name: William (Bill) Rowe
Major: Business Administration
Graduation Date: 2013