Student Leah McCarthy standing in front of the CCC Library

Meet Leah McCarthy

Who do you think of when you imagine a young woman with a passion for writing, a love for community, a desire to learn American Sign Language, and an interest in becoming a business professional? Corning Community College thinks of one 19-year-old student named Leah McCarthy.

Leah is a second-year student from Horseheads, N.Y., who blends her pursuit of a Business Administration degree with her fervor to write. When she’s not taking math courses, Leah is tutoring students in writing at the College’s Learning Commons, crafting a story for The Crier, volunteering at a homeless crisis network in Ithaca, N.Y., or learning a new gesture in American Sign Language Club.

If you were to ask Leah if she enjoys college, she’d reply with a resounding, “Yes.”

“As soon as I finished high school I wanted to be done with school, but I decided to come to Corning. I fell in love with college. I could go for several more years and be totally okay with it,” she said. “It’s been really exciting and fun.”

Upon earning her Associate’s degree in Business Administration at CCC, Leah is considering pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Corning via the Alfred University Center, as well as other options.

“While I’m weighing my options to see what works best for me after CCC, I know for certain that, far in the future, I’d like to earn a Master’s degree and become a professor,” Leah mentioned. “I think it would be great to teach at a college.”

For now, Leah is reveling in her opportunities to educate fellow students, further develop her writing skills, and use the Fitness Center without having to purchase a gym membership elsewhere.

Leah’s start at Corning gave her the Red Baron wings to propel her into the future. From here on, she can prepare for take-off.