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B is for Bethlehem, PA and the Community College

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Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem, PA, c.1986

On Tuesdays I feature something orange, and for the A to Z Challenge, I also needed the letter B.  I found this Northampton County Area Community College(NCACC) logo in my old papers from 1986.  NCACC is located in Bethlehem, and it’s where I went my first two years of college.  From far north in Canada, I had applied to Oberlin, Brown, and Vassar, because they were part of the  guidance office’s small collection of college catalogs, but I had no idea of the competition.  I was on two waiting lists, which disappointed me then, but now seems miraculous.

I also applied to several Canadian universities and was planning on attending University of Toronto, but imagining moving all the way across Canada from Alberta to a city I’d never seen was overwhelming.  I decided to spend the summer with my mother and sister in Bethlehem.  A friend from church suggested I look at going to community college until I figured out what I wanted to do.   I loved NCACC, and it’s where I met Stratoz.  B is for Bethlehem, the Christmas City, with a star on the hill made of lights.

Self Portrait, Margaret Almon, 1987.
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Self Portrait on a Bethlehem Porch, Margaret Almon, 1987.


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  1. Trisha says:

    Here in Australia there is a fair bit less of moving far away to go to college/university, but it does happen a little bit.

    I like the sound of that Christmas star 🙂

  2. Snowcatcher says:

    What a wonderful story! I’ve picked up bits and pieces about how the two of you came to be, and now I know another piece in the puzzle!

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