In the Spotlight: March 23 Campus Connections

Student Profile
Liam Woodworth-Cook, challenged and engaged

Liam Woodworth-Cook was looking to be challenged and engaged when he decided to come to SMCC in 2018. He hasn’t been disappointed.

Since arriving, he has excelled academically while becoming involved with the student newspaper, the student literary magazine and
The Captain’s Cupboard on-campus food pantry to help students in need.

After he graduates in May, he plans to continue his education at a top-notch liberal arts college in Boston.

Liam stopped attending public schools after the eighth grade, spending his high school years home-schooled as he split his time between Austin, Texas, with his mother and the Boston area with his father. After earning his GED when he was 17, he lived in New Orleans and Colorado before landing at a farm in western Maine.

While living on the farm, he decided he was ready to be intellectually challenged and become more engaged with other people. At the age of 23, he enrolled at SMCC, not sure what to expect or if he’d even like it.

As a Liberal Studies-English major, he relishes his relationships and interactions with professors and classroom conversations. Outside of class, he is the board chair for The Captain’s Cupboard and has written for The Beacon student newspaper and the Writ student literary magazine. He’s also worked as an English tutor in the Learning Commons and recently co-founded the Free Range Writers Club.

After he graduates in May, he hopes to enroll in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Program at Emerson College in Boston. An aspiring poet, he is always working to improve his poetry, and could also see himself perhaps as a teacher or living overseas.

“Part of the reason I came here was to challenge myself. I didn’t think I could handle as much as I am. We’ll see where the next step takes me.”


Alumni Profile
Hannah Fields, onward she goes

Hannah Fields was a standout student and soccer player while earning an associate degree at SMCC and then a bachelor’s at Colby-Sawyer College. Now she’s slated to become a soccer coach while earning a master’s degree.

Hannah this fall will continue her education at North Central College, a liberal arts school in Naperville, Ill., west of Chicago. While pursuing a master’s, she will work as an assistant coach on the women’s soccer team.

She hopes to parlay her education and coaching experience into a future career in learning and development in the business world while coaching soccer part-time on the side.

Hannah graduated from SMCC in 2017 with high honors in Business Administration. She is the second-leading scorer in SMCC women’s soccer history and earned All-American and Academic All-American honors.

At Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, she was the leading scorer on the soccer team for two years and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and Management last May.

While at Colby-Sawyer, she worked as an intern at WEX, a Portland-based payment processing and information management services company. She has continued working with WEX’s global learning and talent management team since graduation.

Come August, she’ll make her next move to North Central College to earn a degree in Organizational Leadership, a field she says will serve her well in her business career.

Hannah credits SMCC with allowing her to explore her academic interests and play soccer while getting a quality education at an affordable price.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without SMCC. I think SMCC is a great steppingstone.”