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Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye ’02

 

Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye ‘02

tolulope-kevin-olasanoye2Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye ‘02 (Classical High School) graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 with a double major in Political Science and History. In 2012, he earned a law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law. “Growing up, I always loved social studies and history,” Kevin says. “I remember as far back as the first grade doing a project on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and marveling at how one man could be elected president four times in a row. I was also lucky enough to have some really engaging history teachers along the way, and it just made my natural appetite for all things history grow. By the time I got to college, it was pretty easy for me to decide what I wanted to study.”

Kevin is currently an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence. “As one of several city attorneys, I litigate civil actions on behalf of the City of Providence and represent the City, its boards and officers in civil trials and legal proceedings in local, state, and federal court,” he says. “I also act as a compliance officer for the City with the Americans with Disabilities Act and serve as legal counsel and advisor to the City Council’s Committee on Ordinances and Commission on Minority and Women Business Development.” Before he became an attorney, Kevin was the Connecticut Get Out the Vote Director for President Obama. He enjoys getting involved in political campaigns. In 2006, he worked for then Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty as a Finance and Field Assistant. He then went to work for Senator Jack Reed in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he decided to go to law school and was involved in Mayor Angel Taveras’s race in Providence. “What I love about campaign work is the fact that you get to meet so many people who have never been a part of the political process and help them register to vote,” he says. “To me, nothing is more rewarding than that.”

Kevin believes the best thing about his college experience was the long-lasting friendships he made. But leaving his tight-knit group of high school friends behind wasn’t easy. “Getting to college was like the first day of high school all over again,” he remembers. “Sitting in some of those large auditoriums with hundreds of people was very intimidating. After a while, though, I got to meet a lot of really great people with interests similar to mine. Some of my best friends now are people I went to college with.”

His College Crusade scholarship helped a lot. “I’m the oldest of four boys,” he says. “When I was going to college, my parents worried about how they would be able to afford it, knowing they had other sons almost ready to go. Thanks to the Crusade scholarship, my parents got to worry a little less. Let’s face it. A college education is not as cheap as it used to be. For a family like mine, that scholarship made a huge difference.”

In high school, Kevin appreciated the SAT prep course he attended as a Crusader. “A few nights a week, we would stay late and learn how to tackle the SAT, and we would get tested fairly regularly. By the time the real test came, while some of our classmates were freaking out, we were prepared. I think I did as well as I did because of the class, and I never would have taken that class without the Crusade.”

So what advice does Kevin have for Crusaders starting college this fall? “Always keep an open mind,” he says. “College is a place where you have the ability to explore a whole range of things that might interest you. I know that for many of my good friends, they took that one class or had that one professor who made them interested in something they never thought they would find interesting. Don’t ever be too afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. You never know what good things are waiting on that unfamiliar road to success.”