Methuen Resident is NECC Student of the Month
Amine Berra Ekinci of Methuen, a Hospitality Management, Business Transfer major, was named Northern Essex Community College’s Student of the Month for October, based on her academic record and her campus involvement.
Ekinci works as an intern in the college’s events department and she was nominated by Allison Gagne, the college’s events coordinator, as well as Lindsay Graham, Institutional Advancement, and Mary Murphy, Administration and Finance.
A 2018 graduate of Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical School, Ekinci was selected as an NECC Presidential Scholar, a scholarship program recognizing motivated high school students who elect to attend Northern Essex. She plans to earn her associate degree in 2021 and transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in business management. She is also interested in American Sign Language and is planning on getting a certificate or degree.
While working and studying at the college, she has maintained a second job as a guest service specialist for the Marriott.
Despite all that she’s juggling, Ekinci is one of the college’s most dependable student volunteers, wrote Gagne. “She volunteered for two of our large scale events: NECC Homecoming/5K and the golf tournament.”
Gagne also appreciates what she brings to her internship. “It has been so helpful to me to have someone that can carry out tasks with little or no supervision, on time and on-point.”
Ekinci says her mother is her role model. “Being reminded of sacrifices that my mom made for me propels me to work harder every day.”
She is also appreciative of the NECC faculty and staff, who she says have been “welcoming, helpful, and have exemplified what a productive and effective workplace should look like.”
Student of the Month Recognition is handled by the college’s Student Affairs Committee. Students may be recognized for academic achievement, engagement in the college or the community, or willingness to help other students, and can be nominated by faculty, staff, or other students.
All nominated students will receive a certificate with a copy of the nomination and be eligible to receive a $25 Follett gift card to be used at the college bookstore.