She will spend June 12-17 with other community college student leaders.
Nicole Ayala has been selected to participate in the North Carolina Community College System Student Leadership Development Program this summer.
A second-year associate in science student, Ayala will spend June 12-17 at William Peace University learning leadership qualities with other community college student leaders.
Ayala, 20, said she is super excited about the experience. "I love to meet new people. I really like to learn from other people. Lots of times when other students tell me things it really motivates me and makes me want to work harder," she said.
Born in New York, Ayala moved to North Carolina as a middle school student. At the time, she said, she did not like school and was not a very good student. But a classmate saw potential and encouraged Ayala to study and work hard.
"I was so happy to see someone else have confidence in me and that really made me want to do well in school," Ayala said.
She learned about JCC online, and when she visited she immediately loved the friendly atmosphere and one-on-one interaction with faculty and staff here.
"I completely fell in love with JCC," she said. "I spend a lot of time in TRIO and the Academic Skills Center. Everyone is so helpful and it's like a family here. This is like my second home."
With a 3.9 GPA, Ayala is also a TRIO student, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. After she earns her associate's degree next spring, she hopes to begin studying medical sonography at JCC. Her future professional goal is to become an obstetrician.
Cut line: Nicole Ayala, an associate in science student at JCC, will participate in the North Carolina Community College System Student Leadership Development Program at William Peace University June 12-17.