Cheyanne Wood, Class of 2015

Cheyanne Wood has always been the planner among her friends. Whether it's birthday parties or some other type of celebration, she likes the challenge that comes from organizing events and thinking on her feet. When she graduated from Notre Dame High School and knew she wasn't yet ready to attend a four-year college, she received a sign (literally) that she should start at Northampton Community College.

"My family and I were driving on the highway one day, and I saw a billboard for NCC that said there was a new program for meeting and event planning, and I knew that's what I wanted to do," says Wood. "It's a great program, and it's something different. I can't sit in an office. I need to be doing something active and I like to create things."

Now two semesters into the program, Wood has had the opportunity to work with her peers to assist at local weddings and other catered events, including an event at the State Theatre in Easton. She's also become the treasurer of the Hospitality Management Club and works part-time in Student Life, learning to balance the priority of schoolwork with her involvement in extracurricular activities.

"I wasn't really as involved in high school, but I also think that now that I am more involved here, I'm also more focused," says Wood. "I talk to my professors if I need help, and there are also so many resources here to help you succeed. One thing I've learned most of all is that you have to go through a process and work on assignments over time. You can't be rushing yourself to do as assignment the night before it's due."

Wood is hoping to go right into her career field when she finishes her two years at NCC, but hasn't ruled out completing her bachelor's degree at a four-year college. She's learned to appreciate the opportunities that the program has presented her with, particularly in terms of networking, and encourages future students to take advantage of all that NCC has to offer.

"For an incoming student, I'd say that it's part of the college experience to just be with everybody. There's so many different ways for people to meet here," says Wood, whose own hospitality teachers encouraged her to become involved. "It's a great learning experience, and it teaches you how to interact with people. These are the tools that get you through life."