Joseph Crapanzano '17
Discovering a Vocation
While Joseph Thomas Crapanzano III spent the past year on The Hill being referred to as “president,” he says his friends just call him Joe.
As the outgoing Student Government Association (SGA) president, Joe hopes he will be remembered at Spring Hill College as someone who made the best of every situation and wanted to give everything he had to make the college a better place for all. Along with SGA, he was involved with Sodality of Our Lady and Spring Hill College Students for Life, all of which helped him achieve these goals. “Spring Hill College has allowed me to grow deeper in my faith and with my connection to God, and to appreciate everything He has done for me,” he said.
“Spring Hill College has allowed me to grow deeper in my faith and with my connection to God, and to appreciate everything He has done for me.”
Joe says he found himself at home immediately upon his arrival to Spring Hill as a freshman. It was easy to acquaint himself with people on campus and he frequently met at least one new person each time he visited the cafeteria.
When he arrived to campus, the New Orleans native wanted to major in biology and become a doctor. However, he was able to find a passion for math when faculty member Lindsey Bosko-Dunbar, PhD, contacted him the summer after his freshman year to persuade him to consider a math minor. “I decided to take on the math minor. Eventually, I changed it to my major, and now I am going to make a career out of it.” He credits the guidance he was given by SHC faculty, saying, “after a great deal of discernment and assistance, I was also able to discover my vocation and what I want to do with my life.” He is graduating with a degree in actuarial mathematics.
He also is thankful for not-so-life-changing discoveries and experiences on The Hill. “I never thought I would watch a sport other than college football on Saturdays in the fall, but I can thank Spring Hill for teaching me to become a rugby fan – Saturday is also rugby day!” Joe says his other campus favorites are baseball games and late-night study sessions with friends in the math building.
During his walk down The Avenue during commencement exercises, he says he will be thinking about how he will miss Spring Hill immensely and how thankful he is for everything it has given to him in the last four years. “I’ve grown up a great deal and I’ve learned to become more independent,” he says.
After graduation, Joe will be attending Texas A&M University to pursue a PhD in economics.