In April 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, Noah Weaver donned protective gear and headed into the fray, as an emergency technician at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.  Many of his patients had the coronavirus in one of the greatest crises the world has ever known. “I feel that a life of meaning is a life dedicated to others,” he says.

At the time, Weaver was a spring 2019 graduate of Northampton Community College’s biological sciences program. He is being awarded his second degree in chemistry at the college’s winter commencement celebration.

Now a student at Lehigh University, which awarded him a scholarship, Weaver looks forward to applying to a dual MD/PhD program after graduation and after that, for a Fulbright Scholarship, so that he can work overseas.  By combining clinical medicine and research, he believes he will make a significant impact on the world through his work.

Weaver remembers his days at NCC:  “The thing I remember most is the sense of community I felt being there.  It may sound like a cliché, but the people there are among the most authentic individuals I have had the pleasure of working, studying and interacting with.  NCC is not your ordinary community college.  When I wrote my transfer application, I wrote with sincerity that I felt as if I was leaving my home.  Although Lehigh isn’t far away, NCC became a sanctuary for me, which is why I felt so compelled to serve the community of Northampton Community College in several capacities while I was there, including as the president of Student Senate.”

To read more about Weaver’s remarkable story, visit www.northampton.edu/news/news-archive/ncc-grad-cares-for-coronovirus-patients-during-pandemic.htm.

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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.