by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
During her senior year at Spring-Ford High School, Sara Calcinore learned that she had been accepted to Montgomery County Community College. More specifically, she received an invitation to participate in the College’s Honors Program.
Sara qualified for the Honors Program scholarship, which will take her through the College at no cost to her. The program requirements include community service and meeting GPA standards. Though young, Sara already had an eye on the future. The prospect of piling up students loans so quickly dissuaded the Royersford native from choosing a four-year university.
“I knew what a great opportunity the Honors Program was to save money [and] attend smaller classes with academically driven students,” she explained. “Also, to learn more about myself and my interests before committing to a major.”
Community service and involvement in various clubs highlight Sara’s non-academic time at MCCC. During her first semester, the Honors Club collected 800 books, which were donated to the children of the Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn. Sara also participated in the James McAndrew scholarship and garden fundraiser.
“The best experiences I have had at MCCC have come from the Honor’s Program.”
She is a member in good standing of both the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society; this fall, she also started the Environmental Club, which meets every Wednesday in Science Center 308 at the Central Campus during downtime (12:30-1:15 p.m.).
The Environmental Club participated in several events during its first semester, including Campus Sustainability Day activities and a day of volunteer labor at Pennypack Farms in Horsham. Through Sara’s leadership and hard work, the Club’s membership grew throughout the fall and promises future learning opportunities regarding sustainability.
After MCCC, Sara will transfer to a four-year university.
“I plan on applying to a variety of colleges, including Bryn Mawr and Dickinson [with] which the Honor’s Program has partnerships,” she said. “I’m not certain what I will choose for my major, but my time at Montco helped narrow down my interests and expand my experiences.”
In her spare time, Sara opened an online, vintage clothing store through the website Etsy.
“I was able to turn my love of fashion and vintage into my own little business.”
Her business may be “little,” but thanks to an affordable, quality education from Montgomery County Community College, Sara’s future will be big and bright.