Rebecca James: College student and caretaker

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Since earning her GED at Northampton Community College, life has opened up in many ways Rebecca James never expected. James is a resident of Effort and a general studies major at the Monroe Campus.

After her GED, it just seemed natural for James to continue her education at NCC. Soon she found herself captivated by Professor John Tindell’s course on mass media and society.

“Learning about the different ways communication grew over time and being able to connect with people from different walks of life just fascinates me,” she says.

She did not expect to be similarly excited about psychology: “Every psychology class has given me a better understanding of how to connect with people.”

James’ life at home has not always been easy and she has assumed much of the responsibility for taking care of her mother, a retired nurse who has fibromyalgia and doesn’t drive, and her grandmother, who has dementia.

With all the responsibilities James has for her family and at college, she has still made time for leadership roles in the honor society Phi Theta Kappa, as public relations liaison and secretary and a member of the photography club. Additionally, she is an intern with NCC’s Marketing & Communications Department.

A recipient of the Harold and Marcia Wagner Scholarship, she says that “I feel truly honored. The scholarship has definitely helped me financially to continue my education at Northampton.”

After graduating from NCC, James is looking into colleges such as Columbia and Howard universities. “With everything that has happened, I am thankful for the experiences that have shaped me into who I am now,” she says.