Roberto Garcia, Ph.D., 2012

It is difficult for me to quantify how important Rhode Island College has been in my career as a teacher. I still remember the first class I took, Writing 100. Despite being a "remedial" class I remember my professor making it everything but that. He encouraged my writing, shared my enthusiasm, and gave me very specific feedback. A few years later I completed my degree. At that point in time, there was no question in my mind that I wanted to pursue my graduate degree at RIC.

I began teaching soon after graduating and postponed graduate school for a few years. I entered the Ph.D. program in Education at a point in my career when I questioned my effectiveness as a teacher. I remember the look of fright from one of my fellow classmates when we started. "Oh, boy!" she said, "I hope we make it." We reminisced about her comment as we sat together at our doctoral graduation. The cohort setting made the journey feel more like a group effort than an individual's task. The rapport amongst the group made for some special moments and great friendships.

Throughout my schooling at the college I have experienced first-hand the faculty's deep engagement with students, and how each encourages and nurtures critical thinking. Being a graduate student involves personal sacrifice, financial burdens, and social compromises that are rarely explicit prior to engaging in such an endeavor. Therefore I believe choosing the appropriate graduate school is a very personal decision. I have attended several colleges and universities, and to put it simply, RIC stands out as my favorite. Beyond my graduate degree, the college, the faculty, the students, and the alumni have all made my journey memorable and my accomplishments worthwhile.