Coffee Squawk w/Courtney O’Connor

Today’s post is the first in a new series, Coffee Squawk, that will feature one member of our Thundering Chicken clutch …in an effort to understand: Who are we chickens? Who are we?
Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. ~John Steinbeck

CourtneyThundering Chicken: Courtney O’Connor, Microsoft Applications & Support Desk

Roost: Moundsville, WV

Hatched How?: After high school she worked – at Burger King. “I didn’t really have a lot of support…”. In retrospect, she’s glad for the time off before pursuing a college degree – she feels that break helped her mature and be ready to commit to her college education. She tried an online school, but felt it was just for profit rather than helping students. “What drew me to WVNCC – was the cost, I mean, it’s reasonable – and it’s close to home. I don’t drive so…”

Courtney takes advantage of being on campus all day and has several favorite spots, including: EC labs, the Student Union, and of course…the ASC! She’s become uber-involved in the campus community through Phi Theta Kappa, SGA, and serves as a student representative on the Curriculum, IT and LRC Committees. (Crow, chicken, crow!!!)

One Tough Chicken!Courtney was born with Aortic Valve Stenosis.* She’s had open heart surgery 3 times: at 3 days, 3 and 11 years old. She said it made “school and personal things difficult.” But when you meet Courtney, you wouldn’t know it. She remains one of the most upbeat, vivacious chickens in the coop.

“Pluckiest” Quality: Questions everything. “There is never a wrong question or answer.”

Advice for “chics”: Talk to people. Meet people. Learn about financial aid. Question everything.

Flying the CoopShe plans to get her Bachelor’s Degree from a school in Boston – her father is in Boston.

Favorite Thing About Being a Thundering Chicken: “I get support from everyone here!”

*Aortic stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and may also affect the pressure in the left atrium. (American Heart Association:


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