Rolling Through Life

Rolling Through Life

Posted by: on September 22, 2015   |Comments (0)|Disability Support Services

GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16
My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Senior Management Major and I was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus Merzbacher. My disability has made me into a determined and courageous person. I was born in Puerto Rico and I have lived there until I came to Providence College. My goal in life is to be successful in all that I may pursue and never let my physical limitations deter me from enjoying life.

GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16 My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Senior Management Major and I was born with... MORE

Finding My Purpose

Posted by: on January 22, 2015   |Comments (0)|Disability Support Services

Our friend Cisco Oller ’16 will be speaking on campus next week.  Please be sure to check it out!  For more information, please read his story.

Cisco-2015

Our friend Cisco Oller ’16 will be speaking on campus next week.  Please be sure to check it out!  For... MORE

The Journey to College Success

Posted by: on October 6, 2014   |Comments (0)|Disability Support Services

 

Cisco

GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16
My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Junior Management Major and I was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus Merzbacher. My disability has made me into a determined and courageous person. I was born in Puerto Rico and I have lived there until I came to Providence College. My goal in life is to be successful in all that I may pursue and never let my physical limitations deter me from enjoying life.

 

What If I were to tell you that the confident and loud PC student that you see every day rolling around campus was not always like this?  When I entered Providence College I was very shy and mostly kept to myself because the transition from high school to college was overwhelming.  I came from a small private school in Puerto Rico of about 250 students and my life was changing academically, socially and culturally.  In addition, I was leaving everything I had known my entire life, including my mom’s rice and beans.

At first I asked myself, what was I doing here? Why did I decide to leave the place home? I came from a very small school of about 250 students. I experienced a huge shock my first day on campus when I saw that I had 991 classmates.  Like many of you, I felt alone. I wondered every day, would people accept me for who I am and look beyond my handicap?

Cisco's speech on April 16, 2013

Cisco’s speech on April 16, 2013

Initially, I felt that people were apprehensive asking me about my medical condition.  At the time, I was afraid to share.  My life forever changed when I delivered my motivational speech to a crowd in McPhails and since that day I have not looked back.  I realized that not everyone has the courage to stand in front of a crowd of hundreds, but you can do this by just saying hi.  I have met some of my best friends because I was doing laps in Ray and decided to go up to a table and introduce myself.  Don’t be afraid to do introduce yourself to unknown fellow classmates because you never know how positively you might impact that person or how that person might impact you.

Since arriving at Providence College, people have shaped me into who I am and have helped me realize that I am not alone in this journey.  My experiences inside and outside of the classroom have transformed me into a confident, adaptable and resilient individual and this is why I encourage you to get involved.  The camaraderie at Providence College has made me overlook my disability.  I love that people see me for who I am and not just because I have the coolest wheels on campus.  My goals, interests and hobbies are similar to many other college students.  My problems and concerns are just like yours: study for exams, write papers, read and prepare for class (well most of the time).  I look forward to graduation, landing a career, and overcoming any curve balls life may throw at me!

The crowd was so large the speech was moved from Slavin Soft Lounge to McPhail's

The crowd was so large the speech was moved from Slavin Soft Lounge to McPhail’s

My friends and professors have told me that I inspire them by just being me. This is why I believe that God gives each person specific talents and abilities, not only for their benefit of themselves, but for the benefit of others. I have faced many challenges but I’m living life as though I have no limits. I am proud to call myself a Providence College student and you should be too.  The best advice I can tell you is take your own transition day by day and just be you!

  GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16 My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Junior Management Major and I was... MORE