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Cindy Cesar ’09

 

Cindy Cesar ’09

cindy cesar4Cindy Cesar ’09 (Mount Pleasant High School) graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013 with a B.S in Biology and a minor in chemistry. “I absolutely adore the sciences and feel that this particular field of study helps people truly understand and appreciate the world we live in,” she says. “I also found it to be closest to the field of study I am going to pursue next, which is veterinary medicine.”

Cindy is currently a veterinary assistant. “I work very closely with people and their pets to ensure that their animals are receiving the type of care that keeps them healthy and happy,” she says. “My favorite part is collaborating with the veterinarians to teach pet parents how to properly care for their animals, especially if they are sick. Hanging out with the cute puppies is definitely an added bonus!”

When Cindy remembers her college experience, she thinks about the people who were there for her. “I received an overwhelming amount of support from my professors and colleagues to help me pursue my dreams,” she says. “Every group I found myself involved with was welcoming, understanding, and very helpful.”

Receiving a College Crusade scholarship also made a difference. “During my college career, I knew that taking summer courses would be the best way to keep on track with my studies,” she says. “I was able to use the College Crusade scholarship to fund the entirety of my summer schooling, and that removed a lot of pressure because I was able to fully focus on my classes and not so much on how I was going to afford them.”

Cindy has great memories of being a Crusader. “My experience was phenomenal,” she says. “I met so many amazing mentors over the course of every important stage of my life, whether transitioning from middle school to high school, or helping me find out who I am and who I wanted to be as a person. The program that had the biggest effect on me was Crusade Summer Experience. It helped me break free of my shell and form bonds with my mentors and fellow Crusaders, most of whom remain very close friends of mine.”

She offers this advice to Crusaders beginning college in the fall: “Don’t be afraid to explore all that college has to offer you. It is not just all about the classes. You can find out so much about yourself by joining a club, a fraternity or sorority, or even getting a job on campus. Not only will you be making connections in areas you never thought imaginable, you’ll be making a variety of lifelong friends as well.”

When she’s not working, Cindy is usually catching up with friends and trying new things. “I love being active and engage in a number of random activities including softball, biking, and tennis,” she says. “I’m not very good at any of these things, but I think trying is the best part! Otherwise, you’ll usually find me eating or relaxing with my dogs.”