Hometown: Newport, R.I.
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Special Education
Everyone Has a Strong Truth
It may be undiscovered or unrecognized, but Loyola may be the perfect place to discover yours. Ask a Loyola student, “What is your strong truth?” and get prepared for the answer… “We have a responsibility to give back.” “Believe in yourself.” “International travel changes everything.” The answers are as different as our students, but they are all full of conviction, determination, and hope. Just ask Annie Bolan…
Annie's Strong Truth
“Express, advocate, and initiate your passion”
“There is a niche for everyone at Loyola. There are opportunities that really develop students in mind, body, and spirit. Loyola has given me the best four years of my life and is preparing me for even better years ahead.”
At first, Annie Bolan couldn’t seem to find her place at Loyola.
Then she started getting involved on campus, and especially in residential life. She applied to be a resident assistant (RA). She immersed herself in her education major. She helped found the first East Coast chapter of Urban Needs in Teacher Education. She started participating in service through Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ). And she realized Loyola was the ideal place for her to grow.
“I truly believe that I have been given the tools at Loyola to lead a life of complete joy,” she says. “I gained these tools not only in class settings, but while engaging in CCSJ’s service, building community in the residence halls, actively participating in student leadership offices and sponging up the wonderful opportunities on campus.”
Living on campus has been an amazing experience for her—especially as she serves her residents, helping them navigate any challenges that arise. “There are no greater friendships than those you make in the residence hall,” she says.
When one of her younger brothers started applying to colleges this year, he commented on how involved Annie is in campus life. He knew he wanted a similar experience.
“I told him, ‘You are going to bleed green and grey. You just watch,’” she says. Her younger brother has a learning disability—as does she. And Annie knows the resources and services that Loyola provides, such as through the Writing Center and the office of disability services, that help make achievement possible.
“Anybody can succeed here.”
School of Education CCSJ
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