Graduating CCC student Hannah Mase is skilled at finding silver linings. In fact, she chooses to build an arsenal of positivity and relay happiness to those around her via volunteer work.
“Volunteerism has been an intricate part of my life for so long. I have helped create relief packages for Hurricane Harvey victims, sent care packages to military families, and have participated in clothing drives, charity rummage sales, benefit concerts—you name it. I just feel the need to give back to others,” Hannah said.
Hannah has experienced her fair share of obstacles in her 20 years of life, but says that finding those silver linings helps her remain the optimistic, extroverted woman that she is. It has also helped her expand her comfort zone.
Since graduating from Elmira High School in 2015 and beginning her college career at CCC in the Fall 2016 semester, Hannah has likely become one of the most well-known students on campus. She was the Student Association Executive Board President, the Editor-in-Chief of The Crier, a technical aid for the College’s media studio, an intern at a local radio station, and is currently assisting in campaigning for a local gentleman who is running for Congress.
“I was also involved with most of the clubs here at CCC and started two College committees; the Facility Revitalization Committee, and Advisory and Retention Committee,” she said. “I just like to be involved, and I like to help people out where I can.”
The busy Red Baron is receiving her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, focusing on communication. Following the toss of her cap, she hopes to embark on either a backpacking trip or an international expedition. Hannah’s love for film and photography will join her on the journey either way.
In the future, Hannah would like to study audio engineering at a four-year institution. She’s reflecting on her time spent at Corning until then.
“I took my older brother’s advice to attend Corning Community College after he graduated from CCC and had a great experience. I have no doubts that I made the right decision. I’ve made a lot of friends here and all of the professors have been so excellent. The instructors come to work and genuinely love what they do. You can tell that they care about their students,” she said.
Hannah’s impact on campus has been exponential—partly due to her kind heart, active involvement, and optimism-searching habits, among other things.
As Hannah would say, “There is a silver lining in everything, somehow.”