Like many first-time college students. Maria Bartolucci, a Northampton Community College (NCC) general studies major from Bangor, was unsure of what career direction she wanted to take.  She had always known she wanted to become a veterinarian, but she was scared to pursue it.  “It was not until I took general chemistry that I realized that I have the capability to understand and apply these complex processes, and it made me notice that I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to,” she says.   

But she did face and overcome obstacles, including making mistakes and having to ask for help.  NCC, she says, helped her defeat this challenge as she learned that professors and faculty were open to answering any question she had.  She also learned to let go of mistakes and move ahead. 

She found it helpful to use campus resources, keep daily updates about classes and share her interests with her advisor.  Furthermore, she talked to her professors, asking them how they chose their profession.    

In addition, she wants new students to know that it is all right if they do not know what they want to do yet regarding their career direction.  “Take courses that seem interesting to you, and you will find your direction with time.  Don’t let others affect your decision about your career.” 

Maria Bartolucci

Further enriching her college experience, Bartolucci belongs to the Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society, which has immensely contributed to her college experience by giving her the ability to grow as a person, improve her oral communication skills, and has allowed her to think critically and problem-solve.  It has also been a great way to make lifelong friendships.  She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which contributed to her college experience by providing her with inspiring speaker broadcast videos.   

Bartolucci plans to continue her education at Delaware Valley University, where she will major in small animal sciences and minor in business administration.  She is enrolling in the pre-veterinarian track so that she can attend veterinary school and specialize in one of the many areas in the field. 

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.