The 2014 Orientation Student Peer Counselors Welcome You to RIC!
The Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS) organizes and coordinates new student orientation. OASIS also provides a number of other academic support and advising services. These include the Academic Advisement Information Center, Academic Development Center, Mathematics Learning Center, National Student Exchange Program, Tutorial Services, and the Writing Center.
Major/Minor: Youth Development / Behavioral Neuroscience
Clubs/Organizations: Softball, Women of Color
Hobbies: Sports, hair and nail design, drawing
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Billy Madison", "Matilda", "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Chopped" on Food Network
Advice to Freshmen: Although entering college may seem intimidating, it is a fresh start to a new chapter in your life! Make the most of it and leave room for your own opinions. Your positive attitude and individual experiences are what shape your entire higher educational journey, not only academically, but in all aspects. Now is the time to break out of your shell, meet new people, and most importantly, don't forget to have fun!
Life / Employment after RIC: Opening a nonprofit teen center in an underpriviledged community
What I like best about RIC: RIC isn't overwhelmingly large and still manages to provide students with countless opportunities to become involved and meet new people no matter what your interests are
How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC is well known for their education programs, which was my initial plan, but now has introduced a brand new Youth Development major and has been the perfect change for me.
Clubs/Organizations: English Educators Network, Ballroom Dance, Anchor Newspaper
Hobbies: Singing and Musical Theatre
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "American Beauty", "The Blind Side", "Camp", "Mulan", "Project Runway", "Glee", "Survivor" and "Rupaul's Drag Race".
Advice to Freshmen: As a graduate of Rhode Island College, my advice to freshmen would be don't be afraid to be yourself. You will be more successful socially and academically if you follow your own instincts.
Life / Employment after RIC: My dream job is to work in a college as a Dean or academic advisor. I would also like to be a drama director for a school
What I like best about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the small class size and the caring faculty and staff.
How I knew RIC was right for me: I had heard a lot of positive things about Rhode Island College before I came here and once I was accepted, I knew RIC was the right place for me. I was able to become successful through my experiences here that will help me in my future endeavors.
Major/Minor: Middle & Secondary Education in English, Theatre minor
Clubs/Organizations: Middle Level Advisory Board
Hobbies: Musical theatre and reading
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Disney movies, especially "Beauty and the Beast".
Advice to Freshmen: Get to know your classmates, your professors, and yourself!
Life / Employment after RIC: Middle or high school teacher.
What I like best about RIC: The tight-knit communities that form within each of the majors. My favorite things about RIC are the endless amount of organizations students can get involved in and the fact that if we don't already have an organization that you're interested in it's so simple to create your own.
How I knew RIC was right for me: Its reputation for having an excellent teacher education program. I knew RIC was the right place for me because of the passion I saw from the students and the professors in my major at the open house. When you are willing and get involved and invest yourself at RIC you see so much passion from the students, faculty, and the professors in all areas.
Major/Minor: International Business Management and Marketing
Clubs/Organizations: Women of Color (Treasurer)
Hobbies: I've learned how to do my nails at the age of ten and I've been doing it ever since. I also like to draw and paint. I also like to sew from time to time.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Cruel Intentions" and "Pretty Little Liars".
Advice to Freshmen: Join clubs and organizations on campus and get involved in as many activities as you can. It's the best way to make friends and meet new people on campus.
Life / Employment after RIC: After graduating college, I continue to aspire to get my cosmotology license.
What I like best about RIC: I like that it's a small campus and the classes are not huge lecture halls.
How I knew RIC was right for me: After visiting URI campus then coming to the RIC campus I realized I'd rather be in a smaller school. RIC is also not that far of a walk from my house so whenever I get home sick I walk home.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Colbert Report", "Workaholics", "30 Rock", "Jersey Shore" and "American Dad".
Advice to Freshmen: Meet as many people as you can, don't limit your acquaintances or friendship and remember to always be open minded, flexible, and friendly.
Life / Employment after RIC: Exploring different opportunities.
What I like best about RIC: It's a small campus and it really feels like there is a community within the students.
How I knew RIC was right for me: When I was a high school senior and staff from RIC took time out of their day to talk and meet with me. I didn't feel like just a number or a new student, I felt like they genuinely wanted me to attend RIC and succeed.
Major/Minor: Double major in History / Political Science
Clubs/Organizations: Sweet Hall Council / Resident Student Association
Hobbies: Reading, playing video games, swimming, hiking, frisbee, hanging out with my friends, and other social activities.
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Avatar the Last Airbender", "Fraiser", "Scrubs", "The Lord of the Rings", "Star Wars" IV and V and just about any musical.
Advice to Freshmen: This isn't high school; if you don't study you will fail. Also, make sure to keep up to date on assignments, especially papers for those paper-heavy disciplines, and check your classes' syllabi often. It is helpful to mark when paper's/projects are due on a calendar in your room/dorm.
Life / Employment after RIC: As of right now, and it changes a lot, I would like to work for the United Nations, the US State Department or another International Non-Governmental Organization. I really want to help people around the world and also improve America's image globally.
What I like best about RIC: I cannot really pin this one down, because there are many things about RIC which I like, hence why I am returning as a sophomore. One thing I can say that I like about RIC is its diversity throughout its student population (I had a great experience meeting many different people from several interesting places!) and also its professors, who while giving good instruction, always have time to get to their students.
How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC's small size was one aspect that initially led me to consider RIC as a choice after high school. I am not overly fond of big populations of people and campuses that are city-sized, which is why I enrolled at RIC and also why I have returned for another year. I met many friends from across the country and am extremely excited to return int he fall and spend more time hanging out with them as well as seeing all of my old history and political science professors!
Major/Minor: Elementary Education - Mathematics; Middle School Endorsement; minor in Theatre
Clubs/Organizations: Resident Assistant, National Residence Hall Honorary (President), Resident Student Association, and works in the Café and in the Sherlock Center.
Hobbies: Dance, Music, Reading, hanging out with my friends and family
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Ron Clark Story", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Dance Moms"
Advice to Freshmen: Get involved. Find something you love and do it!
Life / Employment after RIC: Become a Pre-school or kindergarten teacher
What I like best about RIC: My job as a resident assistant. I've met so many amazing people and have been able to experience many wonderful new things.
How I knew RIC was right for me: After about my first week here I knew it was right. The people, the environment, the activities, and so much more make this campus home to me. I feel like I belong, and that I know what I'm doing and will be ready for wherever I am going in life.