NCC is truly a family affair for David Maldonado, who will be graduating with his sister Casey at the same time. Moreover, they have another sister who is at NCC.
A secondary education major from Effort, who attended the Monroe Campus, David plans to become a high school math teacher because he loves to engage young minds. He will pursue a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at East Stroudsburg University.
David is enthusiastic about NCC. “The faculty is honestly one of the best parts! They are like a family away from your own. They want to see you rise above and do great things!” He also enjoyed his classes.
He loved being a part of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and says that it gave him structure and showed him how to lead and engage.
Surprisingly, David was not always such an avid student. “I came from a university where I did not care whether I got an A, B, or C. Now, anything less than a B kills me.” Coming to NCC, he still had challenges to overcome. “I fell flat on my face; I was dependent on alcohol and needed to get my life together. NCC was the place to help me mold myself into a better person.”
He urges other NCC students to “take that leap of faith. Follow your own path without hesitation."
David says of graduating with his sister, "It was so much fun attending college with my sister, because we always challenged each other. Nothing like sibling rivalry to bring a bond closer!"