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Tiffany Hooks ’04


Tiffany Hooks ‘04

Tiffany Hooks ‘04 (Coventry High School) graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 with a B.S. in Exercise Science & Kinesiology. In 2016 she earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. “For my undergrad degree I chose Exercise Science, the study of the human body, because I’m interested in the health field and enjoy helping people,” Tiffany says. She currently works an optometrist for LensCrafters at both the North Dartmouth and North Attleboro locations. “Being an optometrist is a very rewarding job, in that I have the privilege to help people see and take care of their eyes,” she adds.

Tiffany also has a special interest in dance and works for the Rhythm Dance Center in Exeter, R.I., as a teacher of both children and adults. “I teach different types of dance – ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop – while encouraging a fun environment that promotes a positive self,” she says. In the past, Tiffany served as an instructor for The College Crusade’s Ways to A’s program, teaching study skills to new sixth graders who were just entering our program. She was also an instructor for our Saturday Cru Club program.

Tiffany attended Providence College for freshman and sophomore years and then transferred to URI as a junior. She is grateful for the College Crusade scholarship support she received for all four years of her college attendance. “Receiving a Crusade scholarship made a huge difference, because college is so expensive,” she says. “Every semester I would participate in the work-study program, and having the College Crusade scholarship meant I was able to work less and have more time for my studies.”

Tiffany has good advice for Crusaders who are starting college in the fall. “Stay focused and remember why college is so important,” she says. “You are there to better yourself and to achieve a college degree. Don’t let friends or any other influences get in your way or slow you down. When you feel defeated or discouraged, take a moment to think about all that you have achieved so far, and use that to motivate yourself!”

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