Grad Spotlight: Victoria Barrios


Victoria Barrios, an applied psychology major at the Northampton Community College (NCC) Monroe Campus, chose her major because she wanted to break the stigma around mental problems and help people who struggle with mental health issues, as she once did.

NCC appealed to her, with its close-knit community and excellent programs. 

The program proved to be a great choice. “The things I liked most about my applied psychology courses were the hands-on approach to learning: motivational interviewing, writing data, assessment and plan notes, and learning about others.

Barrios has shined as a student, making Dean’s List every semester, being inducted into Psi Beta, a national honor society for psychology students, and receiving the Alumni Association Scholarship twice. She also participated in the Active Minds club.

Her plans have held steady from her early days at NCC, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in counseling. Ultimately, she plans to become a mental health therapist.

What does she tell new students in her major?  “Engage with your professors and fellow students, as they can be your best resources. The classes are so interesting, and the faculty are amazing at teaching this subject, and they have real-life experience in the field, which is very helpful.”

“My experiences at NCC have definitely changed me for the better,” she says.  “I have become more independent and outgoing along with being a great student.”

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.