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Franchesca Sevigny ’08


Franchesca Sevigny ‘08

franchesca sevigny4Franchesca Sevigny ’08 (Tolman High School) is set to graduate in fall 2013 with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. “I chose my major because of my interest in implementing and researching new health care methods for terminally ill patients,” she says. “It is a blessing to be able to provide guidance and comfort to a patient in the last stages of life.”

While completing her college degree, Franchesca has remained very involved with inspiring and supporting Crusaders. As an Instructor in our Saturday Cru Club program, she helps Crusaders learn the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. She also serves as our Admissions Recruiter and works closely with our admissions manager to enroll new Crusaders each year. “I am driven to give back to the organization that has given so much to me since the third grade,” she says. “It is a pleasure to work with other former Crusaders and to share experiences with young students. I know that even after graduating from URI, I will continue working with The College Crusade in some way.”

Franchesca has great memories of being a Crusader. “My experience as a Crusader could be turned into a novel,” she says, “but briefly it was probably the best thing that my dad could have pushed me to do. I grew up in a single parent home, and my dad worked and went to school, so the Crusade kept me busy while my dad was out doing the best he could. In middle school, programs like CAAP and Cru Club filled my school breaks and Saturday mornings. In high school, it was more about college and SATs and an Advisor who would follow up during lunch time. I was definitely glad to be in the Crusade in high school,” she continues, “because my advisor Adam Tarczuk always kept me moving forward. He was the one that motivated me to stick with the program and see my way through college. Adam went above and beyond as an Advisor because he wasn’t all about academics but about creating a bond that made him a friend.”

Franchesca is very grateful for her College Crusade Scholarship. “Receiving this scholarship made a huge difference because it paid my full tuition after I moved back home my sophomore year,” she says. “Even when I lived on campus in Kingston during my freshman year, I only had to take out a small loan. Coming out of college with just a small loan after being there for five years is an amazing feeling.”

For Crusaders who are starting college next fall, Franchesca advises, “Go in with a positive attitude and know that everything is going to be okay. No matter what obstacles in life may come your way, whether it’s a bad roommate or a tough time with family at home, never stop getting an education. Education is literally your key to success.”

Franchesca enjoys spending free time with her son. She also likes to go jogging on Blackstone Boulevard and volunteers on Sunday afternoons at the Providence Animal Rescue League.

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