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Capistran fullBrittany Capistran
Class of 2013

Major: English Education

Hometown: Derry, N.H.

A commuter student, Brittany Capistran ’13 has wasted no time becoming immersed in the Rivier College community, striving to demonstrate through her example the College’s mission and commitment to service. She is an active participant in Rivier’s Office of Campus Ministry, embracing opportunities to serve as Jesus called his followers to do. In the classroom, she is studying to be middle or high school English teacher, hoping to positively impact the lives of tommorow’s teenagers by being a strong and supportive role model.

Through the Campus Ministry program, Capistran is a member the Foundations Retreat Team giving retreats for local high school students, serves meals to the needy at the Nashua Soup Kitchen— a monthly community service opportunity offered through Campus Ministry, gives parties for Our Place—a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities located in Nashua that assists pregnant and parenting teens and young adults from pregnancy through their child’s third year, and helps fill more than 200 Thanksgiving food baskets that ultimately get passed on to struggling families during Thanksgiving. “The service projects have shown what it is to give back to my community, just as Jesus wanted us to give back to our brothers and sisters who need a little help from others,” she says. “Through these projects I’ve been able to see how service has helped people and how they, in turn, are willing to help others. It’s like a ‘pay it forward’ thing.”

She is also a Peer Mentor, helping freshmen adjust to college life after leaving the comfort of their own homes. “I remember what it was like to be a scared freshman,” Capistran says. “I try to help our new students by providing some sort of stability as they transition from the familiarity of home to the new surroundings of college.”

As a commuter student, Capistran has quickly embraced College life. “Over the past three years, I have found this campus to be so commuter- friendly,” she says. “There have been so many opportunities to become involved.” Capistran has found the campus community to be welcoming and friendly. “Everybody has a smile on their face,” Capistran says. “The staff, faculty, and students are so energized and willing to help out whenever the need arises.” She adds, “here, you are an individual—a person who is a valued member of the Rivier community.”

Capistran has found the academic program at Rivier to also encourage a spirit of service. She notes how the faculty engage students in Rivier’s mission of “transforming hearts and minds to serve the world” through their coursework. “All the professors I have had here really stress the importance of Rivier’s mission in a way that directly correlates to the academic work in the classroom and the assignments they give,” she says. She specifically recalls one service-learning project she completed as a Wish Granter for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “To see a smile on a child’s face is absolutely priceless,” Capistran says. She is an English Education major. She has completed practica at Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua and West Running Brook Middle School in Derry. This semester, she is working on a teaching experience at Merrimack High School. “I want to make a difference in a child’s life,” she says.