Josh Hummell became an outstanding student and discovered his career path during his two years at Onondaga Community College. Hummell graduated from West Genesee High School in 2014. By his own admission he wasn’t a great student and was unsure what he wanted to do. As a member of the Junior ROTC program he had considered going into the military. At the same time family members were encouraging him to pursue an engineering degree at Clarkson.
Hummell began looking at everything OCC offered and decided to attend in the fall 2014 semester. Initially he was interested in the Business major, changed to Humanities and finally settled on History with an Honors minor. “I always loved history. I was in denial for a while. Everyone told me I wouldn’t find a job in it and I should just be an engineer. I came here and realized I could make a career out of history. If you have a passion for something you should go for it.”
The clincher for Hummell was a class he took his freshman year, 19th Century American History. “The way Professor Tara Ross taught made the difference. Class was always a discussion. We read this book, “Disunion,” about the Civil War. It was the most interesting book I’d ever read about history. It was fascinating. The discussions in class required you to study and apply yourself. It gave me a whole new perspective.”
Outside class Hummell was affiliated with numerous clubs and organizations. He was inducted into international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and served as its vice president for scholarship. Hummell was also vice president of the Ski Club and enjoyed the Psychology, History, Geology and Whole Earth Clubs.
Hummell plans to transfer to SUNY Binghamton and major in history with minors in French and Latin. His goal is to become a college professor or a museum curator. He’s thankful for the foundation and direction he found on campus. “I really did enjoy my time here at OCC. I learned a lot. It changed my perspective and my life in general.”