Alyssa Provencio (’20)
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Major: Psychology; Religious Studies & Theology
I was involved with a lot of different organizations at Loras, including Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program, Loras College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity President, Psi Chi Honor Society Co-president, Peer Advisor, Peace Institute Counselor, San Diego/Tijuana Service Trip, Art Club, Peace and Justice Club, Better Together, Spiritual Life and Antioch retreats, lector at daily & Sunday mass and Women’s/Co-ed Bible Studies.
Stepping onto campus for the first time as a first-year Duhawk, expectations were high. I thought I had my entire undergraduate career planned out – I was going to play basketball, major in psychology, and grow in my faith through the Brietbach program. My plans were disrupted very early on into my Loras career, a disruption I welcomed and thankfully so, because my Loras experience was certainly full of surprises. Throughout the past four years, Loras is a place I have come to know as home. I’m grateful that my experience was very different from what I imagined it would be; it has been a journey of self-discovery and learning about the things I value most. I went in expecting only to enhance my already outgoing, goal-driven self and instead emerged a woman who understands her identity first and foremost as a daughter of God and is learning to allow all else to flow from that.
Traveling to Italy for J-term is one of my fondest memories of my time at Loras. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to study abroad and learn about a different culture, visiting iconic monuments and museums I had only ever seen pictures of. The people I traveled with are also the subjects of many Loras memories I hold dear – my fellow Breitbach scholars have become my family. I have so many beautiful memories of each of them, whether it was spending thanksgiving on a farm in Solon, long coffee dates at Charlotte’s, or sobbing in each other’s arms during Adoration in St. Joe’s chapel.
I will attend the University of Iowa’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program in the fall of 2020.