The day of her NCC residence hall orientation, sophomore Carolina Mayor was given some valuable advice: don't be afraid to take risks. Having then realized that she perhaps hadn't taken risks prior to college, Mayor immediately became involved in on-campus activities as a member of both the student senate and the women's club. Some would say that her biggest college accomplishment, however, is deciding to embrace a career path that has only recently seen a rise in the number of females in the field.
"I job shadowed a funeral director in high school, and I knew that I needed to do this," says Mayor of being a Funeral Service Education major. "It's just something in me. It's a calling. You want a job that has a purpose, and I have a purpose to help families and to fulfill a person's last wishes."
Mayor found out about the program – one of only two funeral service education programs offered in Pennsylvania – when she researched NCC online. The community aspect of the campus is really what drew her in, however, and since her arrival she has worked hard to not only make it through her classes, but to also educate herself about what other options are available to her.
"I do want to go straight into my career field after NCC, as I know of a funeral home that would offer me a job. One day, I may even get a bachelor's in business and then open my own funeral home," says Mayor. "Funeral homes are usually passed down through generations, so I know that there are a few options I could explore."
The Reading native points out that one of the best things about the campus life is that there is no shortage of ways to stay engaged during her two years of study, even while handling one of the more demanding program majors that is offered. She was recently involved in the planning of the largest Quadfest in the college's history, and says that events like it and the opportunities here often make her forget that Northampton isn't a four-year school. She would love to have her siblings learn from her experience and follow in her academic footsteps one day.
"My family is proud of me and what I've accomplished, and I know that I'm going to do much more," says Mayor. "Being here has taught me that if I take risks, what would be so bad if I fail? I would just need to know that I took that risk."
Name: Carolina Mayor
Major: Funeral Service Education
Projected Graduation Date: 2014