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Middlesex Community College helps Groton woman find her way to fashion

‘I realized I needed time to structure my life and figure out what I wanted my future to look like,’ says Groton’s Riana Willsie of her decision to start college at Middlesex.
COURTESY MCC
‘I realized I needed time to structure my life and figure out what I wanted my future to look like,’ says Groton’s Riana Willsie of her decision to start college at Middlesex. COURTESY MCC
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When Riana Willsie was unsure of what she wanted to pursue in college and beyond, she turned to Middlesex Community College to help her figure out her goals. Now a Fashion graduate and inductee of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for two-year colleges, Willsie is preparing to transfer to a four-year college in the fall.

MCC was an easy choice for the Groton native. Willsie was able to make plans for her future while continuing to take high-quality classes and earn college credit. By attending Middlesex first, she also saved money on tuition and getting used to the expectations of college.

“I realized I needed time to structure my life and figure out what I wanted my future to look like,” she said. “MCC gave me that time and resources to slowly prepare for college rather than me jumping right into the experience.”

Being named to the 2021 All-Massachusetts Academic Team for outstanding two-year college students was an added reward for her.

Every year, the Massachusetts Association of Community College honors the All-Massachusetts Academic Team to showcase the best and brightest students in the 15-college system.

Willsie was joined on the team by fellow MCC students Gianna Tringali and Hannah Ditmars.

Participating in Phi Theta Kappa provided Willsie with even more opportunities for success. Through the society, she gave back to the community, took advantage of member benefits and represented the mission through her work.

She was also a member of MCC’s National Society for Leadership and Success.

Willsie plans to major in Fashion and Business at her next college and hopes to one day work and live in Europe to pursue her dreams. MCC helped her see and plan out her goals more clearly.

“Attending MCC was the best decision I could have made,” she said. “I recommend it to anyone else who is looking for structure in their life.”