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1 May 2017

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!

Not Farewell
Alyssa Katz

“It’s hard to believe the time has come to graduate. Four years I’ve spent at NVCC, but it wasn’t until my third year I really felt like I had a place here. Joining The Tamarack in fall 2015 was the best decision. For the first time, my work was published for people to see, and I felt a sense of pride. Winning an award for one of my pieces in spring 2016 blew my mind. This last year has been by far my busiest, but also the most rewarding. The opportunity to become copy editor has been great, and confirmed that going into editing is what I want. I’d like to personally thank Faculty Advisor, Professor Steve Parlato and current Editor-in-Chief, Chris Gordon. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for your support, encouragement, generosity, and caring kindness. While I may be leaving NVCC, this is not farewell.”

World View
Levi Reynolds 

“During my time as SGA Secretary, I worked to make a positive impact on all students. As a STEM major, I was particularly interested in creating opportunities for fellow students in the math and science fields. I’ve also been involved in many activities, both on campus and off, representing NVCC at the state capitol, for example. Two of the most powerful experiences I had while a student at NVCC took me far from campus: my trip to Nepal over winter break, and my recent visit to NASA. I believe the true power of education lies in coming together and learning from one another, to make possible that which would never be possible alone.”

Moving On
Keila Franco

“There were many times when the pressures of school and life were hard to take, but I’ve survived college by looking at every obstacle and simply saying, “YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG ONE!” Naugatuck Valley Community College, you have been good to me. This is the end of the road for this journey, but just the beginning of what we call life. Thank you to everyone who has helped me follow the stepping stones toward my success story, and congratulations to all who join me in taking the next steps. Off I go!”

An Unafraid Voice
Nicole Hayes

“I’ve grown as an individual here at NVCC, learning to look at the larger picture, to place myself in others’ shoes, becoming more empathetic. I’ve come of age, am less impulsive in my thoughts about people, and am more willing to speak out on topics of social justice. Three faculty members, Brian Goedde, Julia Petitfrere, and Steve Parlato, have been a big part of my growth, because they recognized my gifts before I did. My advice for students is to immerse themselves in opportunity, because each experience can create a connection and lead us toward our true life’s purpose.”

A Joy to Serve
Cat Rourk

“Out of all the things I’ve enjoyed at NVCC, I’ve especially loved working with people; this makes sense as a Human Services major. Deciding to become an SGA officer was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The role of Treasurer has been a lot of work, but it’s also given me great insight into what’s important in a college student’s life. I’ve enjoyed supporting other students, listening to their concerns, suggestions, and problems. My dream is to work with blind and deaf children at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass.”

Florida Bound
Dayton Fenwick

“I started attending Naugatuck Valley Community College in the fall of 2014. During my time here I’ve performed in musical productions with the Stage Society, been a member of the College Chorale and the Music Society, and I was recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After NVCC, I will be transferring to the University of Central Florida to pursue a bachelors degree.”

Author:The Tamarack Staff
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