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Maribel Echeverry ’06


Maribel Echeverry ’06

maribel echeverry2Maribel Echeverry ’06 (Tolman High School) graduated from Roger Williams University in 2010 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Psychology. She is currently enrolled at Roger Williams University School of Law and plans to earn her law degree in 2013. Maribel also works full-time as a paralegal for a legal firm in Providence.


“The Crusade program gave me the encouragement to believe that you can do anything you set your mind to,” she says. Throughout her high school years, she remembers being inspired by Courtney McEntee, a Crusade Advisor at Tolman. “Courtney was an important person who helped me develop my goals and set them on track to where I wanted to be within the next 10 years,” Maribel says. “Courtney really helped out a lot with my college applications and my decision about where to go to school. Not only did she play a major role in my college experience, but she also was able to give me the help I needed to get through high school with flying colors. I could go and tell her that I was having a hard time with something, and she would find me someone who knew what they were doing and have them explain it to me.  Being in the Crusade was a pleasurable experience and I was grateful I was a part of it.”


Maribel has a few pieces of advice for Crusaders in their first year of college. “Start thinking about your future now,” she says. “Four years flies by very quickly, and soon, before you know it, you will be graduating and crossing that stage. Use a planner with a lot of space to write in and keep all of your deadlines updated. The professors do not hound you and do not care whether or not you hand in your work. If the work isn’t completed, you will fail throughout college. Keeping up with deadlines and being organized will help you avoid that outcome. And find someone in your major to study with,” she adds, “preferably a person who already has some knowledge of the college experience. In my freshman year I joined Phi Alpha Delta, which is a pre-law fraternity, and everyone there was very helpful as to what I needed to know about specific classes and professors. Being part of a social group helped me meet a lot of helpful people.”


In fact, for Maribel, the best thing about her college experience was being able to network and meet new people. “I have met many important people in my lifetime and this all happened while I was in college,” she says. “I have met amazing individuals that have helped shape me and helped me mature.”


Outside of school, Maribel is an active member of her community. She is very involved with the Colombo-American Society based in Pawtucket, and in 2007 she competed in Miss Rhode Island Latina.

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