Senior Nicole Rogers is majoring in Psychology with minors in Communications and Sociology. While balancing her academics, as well as work, Nicole found a passion for serving others by becoming a part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“I have volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul for 4 years now. In my freshman year at Holy Cross, I took a course called Service Learning. This course helps get students involved in school, community, and volunteer work. Each student chooses a “track” to learn about and work in for the semester. I chose the St. Vincent de Paul track. I learned about the poor and what St. Vincent de Paul does for them. At 19 years old, I decided that I would do anything I could to make someone’s day a little better. Then last year, I started a club at Holy Cross to allow my peers to get involved in helping the needy in our community. The club at Holy Cross has now been formed into a Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Every week we collect food and deliver it to families in the community.”
Nicole’s motivation to help those in need is paralleled with the foundation of the Society. “The St. Vincent de Paul Society was started by a 20 year old college student in the 1800’s – this motivates me because I am a college student seeking to help others. My motivation is simply to show my concern, compassion, and love for those that need it most.”
After graduation, Nicole plans to go to graduate school and get her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. “I have applied to a few programs, and am currently waiting on responses.” As a senior, Nicole encourages students: “Don’t be afraid to try new things, and build your own identity. The world is a big place, but with a big heart and smiling face, the challenge can be faced with ease.” We are thankful for big hearts like Nicole’s that are always looking for ways to help and give back.