Imani Bradford: An eye toward helping others

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Imani Bradford has a lot going on in her life, most of which is geared toward serving others. She relies on her faith to juggle her studies, peer mentoring, work as lead resident assistant, social justice issues, and a passion for music, all with the goal of aiding those who need her help.

A second-year nursing LPN major, Imani is the lead resident assistant at Northampton Community College’s Bethlehem Campus residence halls, a position she enjoys because it enables her to assist students who may be struggling. She was president of the Black Student Union during her first year at NCC and serves as one of four mentors in a recently established peer mentoring program.

Imani enrolled at NCC after graduating from Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Montgomery County. She found her classes to be more difficult than she anticipated and was concerned she would not be able to handle the workload.

“I reached out and was introduced to all the resources available to me,” she recalled. “Everyone was anxious for me to get the extra help I needed. They told me about the learning center and the science resource center and small classes that reviewed different subjects. All of that helped me get on track.”

Staying on track academically is especially important to Imani, a scholarship student who depends on the money to buy her books. “Nursing textbooks are really expensive,” she said. “It would be hard for me to pay for them without the scholarship money.”

Imani attributes her faith as a factor in her career goal of earning a master’s degree in nursing and working in a clinical setting. She also would like to teach allied health at the high school level and has added education classes to her course load to advance that goal.