Francheska TaverasStaff Writer
Francheska Taveras
Staff Writer

Francheska studies Communications/Journalism track and pursues a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies at Albright College. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2017.

Since she was very young, Francheska gravitated toward expressing herself through writing. As she matured, she realized the potential to write about serious topics. The foundation of journalism is meant to provide the audience with important news, and she plans to live by this foundation throughout the rest of her career. Francheska hopes to be a voice for people who feel like their voices are not heard. As a minority, she knows what it is like to be ignored and to be judged for who she is; she therefore wants to be a journalist who can speak about injustices and issues that are not usually brought to light in the news.

Not one to be idle, Francheska holds four jobs on campus. She works in Albright’s Data Entry office; she is a student assistant in the College Relations office; and she serves as a peer tutor at Albright’s Academic Learning Center as well as the college’s Writing Center.

When she wants to relax, she reads novels and writes poetry.

Most people would be surprised to learn that such a well-rounded and ambitious young woman faced some difficult issues while growing up. She likens her struggle to an identity crisis.

“I grew up in Harlem, NY and was raised by immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic,” Francheska said. “However, due to the color of my skin, no one ever recognized or acknowledged me as Latina. It took a long time to know and accept who I truly am because I was constantly confused about how I should act, what language I should speak and who I should be as an individual. I grew up in an urban environment that allowed me to grow thick skin, accept life as it is and ultimately accept who I am. I have learned to love my Dominican roots. I’m proud to be Latina and an American.”

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