Graduate Spotlight: Alyssa Provencio (’20)

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.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).