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LuzJennifer Martinez ’03

 

LuzJennifer Martinez ’03

luzjennifer martinez v2LuzJennifer Martinez ’03 (Mount Pleasant High School) graduated from Rhode Island College in 2008 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications. In 2013, she received an M.F.A in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Emerson College in Boston. She currently works as a Web Technical Writer/Researcher/ Editor for the health insurance industry. Before attending graduate school, LuzJennifer worked as a freelance writer for What’s News Online at Rhode Island College and as a part-time freelance reporter for Providence En Español newspaper.

As a prospective first-generation college student, LuzJennifer didn’t know much about college and how to get there. “The Crusade really helped inform me about the admissions process,” she says. Not only was she guided through the extensive process by her advisors, Leo Rios and Cedric Hammond, the Crusade constantly reinforced the fact that LuzJennifer had options if she worked hard. “It taught me that I was capable of attaining any goals that I sought after. Had it not been for the Crusade, I probably wouldn’t have even felt compelled to apply to any schools at all, but I am so glad that I did.”

Some of the Crusade programs that LuzJennifer took advantage of were the Kaplan SAT prep classes and college campus visits and tours. “I learned the value and reward of hard, consistent work and of getting good grades, which eventually helped me obtain the Crusade Scholarship,” she adds. LuzJennifer encourages Crusaders to do what they love. “As you get older, the temptation to assume a role or follow a certain path just to achieve instant material and monetary success gets stronger, but resist that temptation and stick to what you have a passion for,” she says. “It’ll be so worth the fight. Don’t ever doubt your abilities or have anyone say you can’t do something. Embrace who you are, where you come from, and make beauty out of what you have in life.”

The challenges that LuzJennifer faced in college brought out inner strength she never knew she had. “There is nothing more rewarding in the world than to be able to look back and remember a particular time when you were literally fighting through life to attain your goals and then to say to yourself in the next breath: I did it,” she says.

In her free time, LuzJennifer reads and writes fiction, non-fiction, and plays. She enjoys the theater and takes Latin dance classes in Boston, where she currently lives.

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