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Tempestt Burrell ’05


Tempestt Burrell ‘05

tempestt-burrellTempestt Burrell ‘05 (Woonsocket High School) graduated from St. John’s University, Queens Campus, in 2009 with a B.S. in Public Administration and a Minor in Philosophy of Law. “I chose my major because of my interest in government and politics and because I wanted to understand how public funds are administered,” she says. “I minored in the philosophy of law because I love philosophy and the ideas upon which the American government and legal system were founded.”


Tempestt currently works for The College Crusade as a high school advisor. “I work with students in grades 9 to 12, advising them in areas of social and personal development, academic enrichment, career exploration, and post-secondary preparation. What I love about my job is being able to witness how my students mature and discover more about themselves, their ideals, and their goals for the future.” Before joining our staff, Tempestt was a program coordinator at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. She also served as an intern for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Communications Office and for the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.


Tempestt has good memories of her days as a Crusader. “I loved being a Crusader,” she says. “The program has expanded so much since the time I was a member, but even back then at its core it offered the same benefits. I had an advisor named Christine who was committed to seeing me become successful. One program that really made a difference for me was the free SAT prep course. My parents would never have been able to afford that, and in the end I came out with a great SAT score.”


For Tempestt, the best thing about her college experience was being in New York City, meeting so many people from around the world, and creating lifelong friendships. It’s no surprise that her advice for Crusaders who are starting college this fall emphasizes relationships with people. “Make connections!” she says. “Your degree will take you only so far. You must learn the importance of connecting with people and gain as much experience as you can while the help is available.”


In her free time, Tempestt stays busy building more connections. She is a member of the board of Blackstone River Valley NeighborWorks and contributes to the organization’s Community Building and Events committee. She is a member of the Providence Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she holds spots on the Fundraising and Scholarship committees. Tempestt has also served as a volunteer for Rec Night, held by the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence and sponsored by Providence College.

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