“NCC has shown me that no matter your age and obstacles in your life and what you have been through, continuing your education is possible.”

Candice Green, a resident of Stroudsburg and a general studies major on the Monroe Campus, started college at NCC as a single, eighteen-year-old mother, right after high school.  She chose general studies because she was unsure about a major, and her courses allowed her to experience a wide range of subjects.  She says that this major is a great starting point for students who do not yet know what they want to do.

Now that Green will be graduating this winter, she knows what she wants to do–to be a certified recovery specialist.  After graduation, she will return to NCC in order to take the exam and become certified. 

The road to her degree has not always been smooth.  She dropped out of NCC because she was working full-time and had to find a babysitter and classes that worked with her schedule.  At the age of 23, she had a second child, and at the age of 24, she discovered that she had an addiction, an illness she struggled against for many years.

When she was ready to pick up her education, other colleges made her feel like enrolling her would be a burden.  However, when she returned to NCC, the College welcomed her back with open arms.  “It was hassle-free, and academic advising made it really easy, walking me through the process of getting started again.  I felt as though a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders.  NCC has made it so comfortable and easy to get my life back on track.  The faculty has been amazing.” Green says, “whether it be teachers, tutors, or academic advisers.  They keep an open line of communication and are always there to help you.  Every class has been a great new learning experience that I can use in my life going forward.”

Green says that NCC has changed her life.  “NCC has shown me that no matter your age and obstacles in your life and what you have been through, continuing your education is possible.  NCC cares just as much about your education as you do.”

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Myra Saturen has been a writer for organizations for thirty years, including 14 for NCC. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. In addition to writing for organizations, she has written for a variety of magazines and has had two young adult novels published. She also works as a writing tutor in NCC's Learning Center. She is a native New Yorker who has lived in Bethlehem Township for thirty-one years. She is married with two adult children. Her hobbies are reading, yoga and exercise.