The moment I stepped onto the Boston College campus, I truly felt like I belonged here. But that belief quickly changed the moment I saw the tuition listed in the informational brochure. For the months leading up to my acceptance, I was prepared to either face rejection, or worse yet, realize I had been accepted but couldn’t afford to attend. Then the moment came that would change my life: My admission decision came in with an attachment that read “financial aid package” followed by a very generous amount of aid. My heart filled with the utmost gratitude, and I cried.
My freshman year, I started on a premedical track with my heart set on becoming a psychiatrist so I could help and care for those with mental health trauma. However, in my time at BC, I began to realize that there were so many other ways to become a man and woman for others.
After taking a communication class on a whim, I fell in love with the major and the idea that every single communicative element, every word, every syllable, is so unique and significant. BC’s curriculum has allowed me to pick up a marketing minor since then, and I have been able to use the interpersonal skills learned in the classroom and apply them at a marketing internship for the nonprofit Big Sister in Boston and an internship at an advertising firm, McCann Prague, in the Czech Republic.
While at Big Sister, I met with state senators to discuss supporting initiatives to fund nonprofits in Boston, planned speaking events for women in business, and set plans to recruit and inspire more women to become mentors for young girls in the Boston area. And at McCann, I edited documents set for global dispersion, put together competition monitoring presentations for our clients, and had a place behind the scenes in the creation of commercials and other campaign materials. I am excited to see what the future holds and to find out where my education as an Eagle will take me next.
Every day I am grateful that I am able to attend BC. I sincerely thank the donors for giving me the gift of opportunity. One of my biggest goals is to pass on the kindness I was blessed with and become a donor myself so that I can give other students the chance to find their home at the Heights.