Humans of Cranston

Posted 1/24/23

Humans of Cranston is a recurring column showcasing the stories of Cranston residents’ community involvement, diversity and unique life perspectives.

Mia Boscia (she/her/hers) is a senior at …

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Humans of Cranston


Humans of Cranston is a recurring column showcasing the stories of Cranston residents’ community involvement, diversity and unique life perspectives.

Mia Boscia (she/her/hers) is a senior at Cranston West. She is currently in the Medical Pathways program with plans to go to nursing school and has been involved with West’s theater program’s costume department since her freshman year.

“I’ve been sewing since I was five years old... I loved to sew; I did so many projects with sewing. And then I went to high school – I did theater in middle school, but I was in the plays, I wasn’t making stuff – and I was like, ‘I don’t wanna be in the play, but this is so cool, they have a costume department just for costumes!’ because we didn’t have that in our middle school. So, I went to the meeting and you had to show one piece of clothing that you’ve either made or designed that you drew and they would pick you to go in, so I went and I showed a dress that took me a year to make. It was a 1950s dinner dress, and they were like, amazed by it, because no one really had that much sewing background, so I got accepted …. This year, we previously just did Bye Bye Birdie... it was so fun and I got to do a costume change on a moving platform, which was awesome …. When I was a little kid, I loved watching Friends – it’s a great show – and I would always look at Rachel and Monica and I would be like, ‘I love their outfits!’ I would put together stuff in my mind of like, ‘oh my god, I could put this together, and this,’ and that was like, the spark of it… I just always loved the design. I can’t really draw, so I can’t really do sketches and stuff, but I more mentally put it together in my head and then execute it by sewing stuff.

I was always interested in the medical field; my mom’s a nurse and my dad’s a psychologist, so I always grew up knowing that my parents worked in the medical field. My mom did nursing school after she had all of her kids – she has four kids – so I got to grow up watching her do it, and I would sit there and study with her and get to learn all the stuff that she was doing and I found it so interesting. And then in eighth grade, someone came in from Cranston West and introduced all the career and tech programs and I was like, ‘oh, they have a medical one, that’s so cool, I wanna do it!’ So, I applied and I got in and honestly, it was the best decision I’ve ever made …. I have like, two or three things I want to do in the medical field, either a labor and delivery nurse or a trauma nurse, or I’ve been kind of playing with the idea of a surgical PA; I find that really interesting as well.

I’ve been in Medical Pathways for all four of my years of high school. We learn a bunch of stuff, like pre-nursing stuff, because both of our teachers are nurses. I compete in a SkillsUSA competition …. My teachers entered me last year with two of my groupmates and we went into a community service-based project, so what we do is we try to involve the community in community service, so we chose to do NICU care cards, like milestone cards, for babies in the NICU, and we delivered them to multiple hospitals and we had to do a project on it and present it to the judges. There’s a state competition and then a national competition, so we placed first in states and then we placed third in nationals out of 54 groups, so that was awesome. And then this year we’re doing it again, same group, same competition, and we’re doing chemo care baskets for children who are going through chemo care this year, so we’re in the process of making the baskets right now, but it’s really fun. It’s honestly great because it’s like, I meet new people through getting them involved in the project, and I also get to meet, last year, the parents of the kids or this year, the kids themselves. It’s honestly really rewarding because it’s like, you go through this and you make the project and you learn more about the condition that the people are in, and then you get to meet them and kind of encourage them to get through what they’re going through which is really awesome.

This project has been made possible by a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant and the efforts of the OneCranston Health Equity Zone of Comprehensive Community Action, Inc. in partnership with the Cranston Herald and Timothy McFate. The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of Humans of Cranston participants do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the aforementioned parties. The presented stories are voluntarily provided, unpaid, and given verbatim except for correcting grammatical errors. Want to nominate a Cranston resident to be featured? Email JB at

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