NECC 2020 Graduate: Rashidah Namutebi
Name: Rashidah Namutebi
Major: Public Health
High School and Year of Graduation: Lowell High School class of 2013.
What brought you to NECC?: I was attracted by the Public Health program, flexible class hours and low tuition. Once I enrolled, everyone was super nice and supportive, especially my advisor Professor Jacqueline Dick.
Did you attend another college or university before enrolling at NECC? If so, did you earn a certificate or degree?: I attended Middlesex Community College and St. Joseph School of Nursing before choosing NECC.
Why did you choose your major?: I chose Public Health as a major because I wanted to make a difference in healthcare on a larger scale. I enrolled in two different colleges to pursue nursing, but it wasn’t a good fit. When I discovered public health that was a turning point for me.
Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at NECC?: I was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
What are you planning for fall, 2020?: I enrolled in a bachelors’ degree program at UMass Lowell.
What did you appreciate most about NECC?: NECC was welcoming and everyone reached out to check in on me and my progress. They made my success their success and am forever grateful for the experience.
Was there a faculty or staff member who was especially helpful? If yes, how did they help you?: Professor Jacqueline Dick, who is the public health program director. She was also my advisor. She went above and beyond for her students. She made sure we had all the necessary materials for class and provided extra textbooks to borrow for those who couldn’t afford them. She made sure we got the most out of our internship sites and stayed on top of us, motivating us toward the finish line. She was truly amazing.
What surprised you most about NECC?: Class time flexibility, easy commute, and low tuition costs.
What advice would you give an incoming NECC freshman?: You’re not alone and there are people around you who are willing to help, you just have to ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
What would people be surprised to know about you?: I am a twin and a lefty.
What were the biggest challenges that you faced in pursuit of your associate degree?: Working full time and attending school full time were my biggest challenges, but with a little organization and time management I was able to stay on track.
What are you long term career/education plans?: I plan on continuing school until I get my PhD. I would like to work to help those who are less fortunate in developing countries. My biggest dream is to work with the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation.