From the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, Florecita Del R. Avalos ’22 has known since day one she wanted to major in psychology and minor in Spanish. She chose Holy Cross College because it felt like home.
“It wasn’t too far from home but at the same time, it was far enough. Not only did I feel like I was at home, but the small class size is exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want to be just another number in a classroom and at Holy Cross, you get to build a relationship with the professors and some even become mentors to a lot of students. I made the choice to attend Holy Cross College and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Growing up in a Catholic Hispanic household is something she is proud of but also comes with challenges on how her family culture views psychology. She has a younger sister that suffers from anxiety issues that have been hard for the family to understand. Florecita hopes her education will help her find ways to connect with families to identify ways to better understand anxiety, along with other mental health issues in children that could benefit from professional help.
After she graduates with her bachelor’s in psychology, she wants to continue her studies with a master’s in autism and speech pathology to follow her calling to work with children with disabilities.
“After taking several psychology classes, and specifically one of Dr. Hugh’s weekend seminars, it felt as if I truly found my calling. Children are very important, and they all deserve love and care and to feel like they are acknowledged. More specifically, children with disabilities are often looked down upon and are treated differently because they’re not like other children.”