“I see how there is a strong need for resources both educational and extracurricular within this state. I truly believe College Visions understands that and has found many ways to fill that need within the community by using the strong bonds that are so unique to the state of Rhode Island.”
– Joshua Wynn, Sr. Application Analyst at Lifespan, CV Supporter
Joshua moved from Brooklyn to Providence and started his career as a Sr. Application Analyst at Lifespan. He has positively impacted many lives in his line of work and continues to do so by supporting first-generation students here at College Visions. To know more about Joshua’s educational journey, read his interview below!
Could you tell me a little about yourself? (Where are you from, where do you work/what do you do, hobbies or anything else you would like to share.)
Hi, my name is Joshua Wynn. I am from Brooklyn, NY and I now reside in Providence, Rhode Island with my wife and two daughters. I currently work for Lifespan which operates the largest health care system in the state of Rhode Island. For hobbies, I enjoy exploring new restaurants with my wife, exercising, playing basketball, Rhode Island beaches, and anything fun with my daughters!
What was your educational journey like?
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York I had the opportunity of going to a series of very diverse, challenging, and resourceful schools from elementary to high school. As a college undergrad, I attended a small liberal arts school called Adelphi University. I enjoyed my time at AU because it allowed me to take several interesting liberal arts courses outside of my computer science major. This helped provide an exciting and well-rounded education. Next up I attended New York University to obtain my masters while working full time at the University. As an employee of NYU I received nearly free tuition and I gained valuable work experience, which supplemented my graduate school coursework.
What advice do you wish you had as a first-year college student?
The advice I wish I had is that “Someone is always studying.” What that means is being in college and especially on campus, you can get caught up and inundated with the abundance of activities, which round out the college experience. However, you usually won’t see events for studying, so it’s important to develop good study habits, prioritize early on, and then have fun!
Do you think CV is an important resource to the community and why?
Over my three years as a resident of Rhode Island I’m still shocked how I can see someone in Providence and then see that same person at the beach in Newport or in Block Island within the same day! I think these common occurrences create a closeness that is special to Rhode Island and subsequently creates a community. I also see how there is a strong need for resources both educational and extracurricular within this state. I truly believe College Visions understands that and has found many ways to fill that need within the community by using the strong bonds that are so unique to the state of Rhode Island.
Is there anything else you would like to share or add?
Enjoy college and find an internship early on to supplement your coursework. That internship will ultimately count as the “experience” that most jobs require when applying for a position. As a computer science major, I worked at the information technology dept. at Adelphi University. This gave me four valuable years of work experience alongside my bachelor’s degree.
Joshua and Danika understand the importance of getting a higher education and having a strong support system around you to help reach your goals. They truly believe in the impact that College Visions has on the next generation of Rhode Island students and we are so proud to have Joshua and Danika, dedicated CV donors, be part of the CV team! Thank you both for all your support!