Resident of the Month- Gianna Del Monico

Resident of the Month- Gianna Del Monico

Gianna Del Monico, a 2024 Rhode Island College Graduate, is on her way to making a difference in the world. She will be attending Roger Williams University School of Law in August, on a scholarship from the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, to pursue her passion in Law. Alongside juggling all the work that came with her senior year, Gianna was elected senior class president, the president of the pre-law society, and acted as a student community government speaker. While this was challenging, Gianna saw these roles and responsibilities as learning tools for her future. Just a few rewarding differences Gianna made while fulfilling her role as president and speaker included: reviving group field trips to Roger Williams University, where participants were able to meet with a panel of Rhode Island College Alumni, who are already established in Law professions. Also on this trip, they were able to sit in a class on legal writing. Gianna was also part of a group that offered free legal advice to students on campus.

Originally, Gianna began college with the dream of becoming a graphic designer. While she loved the subject and being creative, she quickly found her passion lay elsewhere, and pushed herself into what would be the best decision of her school career.

It wasn’t an easy path, and Gianna was met with many challenges, but as she said in her graduation speech, “pressure creates diamonds.” A motto she lives by each day as a reminder to keep going, even when things get difficult. Along the way to discovering her love of law, Gianna had the chance to intern for Suzy Alba on her Smithfield town council campaign.

More recently, she interned for The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and for Congressman Gabe Amo. Gianna was very thankful to the college for the opportunity to complete an internship in Washington D.C. in May, where she was able to get a deeper look into what she might expect working in the field.

She wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped her get to where she is. She hopes to be an inspiration to anyone who might be stuck in a rut and thinks their dream is just out of reach. She hopes to remind fellow students trying to find their way that when things get difficult, or they feel lost or confused, to believe in yourself, don’t stop working towards your goals, and to follow your passions.

She closed her speech to her fellow graduates with this, “remember that you are capable of so much more than you think you are, you stretched yourself further than you thought you could go, and today is not the last day that you are going to have to push yourself- it’s actually just the beginning. But tomorrow, the day after, and through the rest of your life, go further than you want to, do more than what is comfortable, and embrace all the pressure and the stress. Because this is only the beginning of our accomplishments and because even though it may not feel like it, you are turning yourself into a diamond.”

Congratulations Gianna! Good luck to all of us. We can’t wait to see what you do in the next chapter of your story!

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