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Heckerly Flores
Classical High School ’14
Community College of Rhode Island ’18
Rhode Island College ’20
English & Communications

“I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I came back to school after being away for a while, I realized I liked it a lot. I also loved the teaching style of my professors and appreciated having the freedom to express myself.”

Graduated from: Classical High School. Then: Earned an A.A. in General Studies from Community College of Rhode Island and transferred to Rhode Island College. Campus involvement at CCRI: Served in student government as VP for the Providence campus. At RIC: She has a work-study job for OASIS, which supports student academic success. “Having a job on campus definitely helps you get familiar with everything.” A recent accomplishment: “Graduating from CCRI in one year was a huge accomplishment for me. To do it, I had to prioritize every day. Instead of going home at 7 p.m. after a whole day of classes, I would stay on campus and study for another two hours to get my work done.” A recent challenge: Adapting to the larger RIC campus and having longer class times. Courses this semester: Creative writing, literary theory, film, Spanish. Recommended read: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The best thing about college: “Being able to make my own schedule.” How did The College Crusade help you prepare to succeed in college? “From the very beginning, The College Crusade made college a live option for me and slowly began instilling in me the skills I would need as a first-generation student. Going on campus visits as early as middle school gave me a VIP behind-the-scenes experience of college that I wouldn’t otherwise have had.” If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? To India to see the Taj Mahal. If you could travel in time, would you go to the past or the future? “I would go back in time, not to change anything but to tell myself to relax.” Advice for high school Crusaders entering college: “Do not be scared to look for opportunities to get involved. College is a lot different from high school – don’t restrict yourself to a certain group of people or a certain group of ideas. Expand and look for new things.” What do you value most in life? Learning and family. What qualities do you value in other people? Honesty and ambition. What do you want to be remembered for? Making a difference in other people’s lives. Dream job: College professor. Favorite quote: “She believed she could, so she did,” R. S. Grey

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