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Nicholas Alves ‘11


Nick Alves ’11 (William M. Davies Career Tech High) graduated from Rhode Island College in 2015 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Political Science. “I chose my majors because I found a deep love for them in an introductory class,” he says. “First I discovered philosophy. I loved how it made me think critically about the world around me and taught me to analyze multiple different facets of life. Philosophy opened my mind to so many things I never knew or thought of. I gained so much knowledge from learning philosophy that ironically I came to the realization that I really don’t know much at all.”

Nick is now in his second year of earning an M.A. degree in Urban Education at Providence College. “I chose this field to better myself in my career,” he says. “I want to offer my students the best possible version of myself by continuing to educate myself and improving on my skills.” He is currently employed at Blackstone Academy Charter School, where he works as a teacher and in student/staff support. “I pretty much love everything about my job,” he says “I love being in the classroom and educating students. Just being able to get to know the students and see them grow as the school year progresses brings great joy to me. I am grateful to be allowed to make a difference in their lives.”

Nick is very thankful for his experience as a Crusader. “It’s an important part of my life,” he says. “It helped me in so many ways, such as providing me with many opportunities which my peers didn’t have. The College Crusade helped to mold me into the person I am today,” he adds. “Otherwise I would never have discovered my love and passion for teaching. They provided me with my first opportunity to work in education and introduced me to the pathway to becoming an educator.” While he was an undergrad at RIC, Nick worked for a number of years as an instructor for The College Crusade’s Ways to A’s and Saturday Cru Club programs, teaching and interacting regularly with middle school and high school Crusaders.

For him the best thing about college was the people he met and interacted with on campus. “Just being able to meet so many people who come from different backgrounds and experiences made college extremely interesting,” he says. He was also thankful for receiving a College Crusade scholarship. “The scholarship made a difference for me by relieving some of the financial burdens that come with attending college,” he says. “It also opened different paths for me to choose rather than be limited in what I decided to study.”

In his free time, Nick is very involved in his church. “I attend New Life Worship Center, which has four campuses throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” he says. “I love to go and volunteer my time to help out at church in any way possible. Currently I am the Head Usher at the Fall River campus, but I also volunteer at the church’s community events, which we conduct monthly to give back to our communities.”

He has this to say to Crusaders: “Take advantage of all The College Crusade has to offer! There is so much you gain from just participating in the programs, getting to know other Crusaders, and just working on bettering yourself as a student and a person. Everything they have to offer you will benefit your entire life to come!”

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