New president welcomes new students
Incoming freshmen gathered in the quad on a beautiful late summer day sporting different colored wristbands that represented their major, and were officially welcomed to Rhode Island College. Holly Shadoian, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, was the master of ceremony, and kicked off the event by introducing the students and staff who made the day possible and explaining to the new faces that they are here to help.
The first person to address the new students was the new president of Student Community Government Jose Rosario. Rosario encouraged the crowd of students to explore outside their comfort zones and try new things, saying that he “firmly believes that you can accomplish greatness.” He also explained that RIC students are very lucky to have a group of faculty, staff and students who are fighting for everyone to succeed.
Shadoian sang an excellent RIC orientation version of Rixton’s “Me and my Broken Heart” that changed the words to explain what incoming freshmen should do and what is expected of them.
The students were then addressed by the new president at RIC, Frank Sánchez. Traditionally, a faculty member is selected to address freshmen at convocation, but the timing of a new president and the new students could not be passed up. He spoke about how RIC graduates are in an elite group, as fewer than seven percent of people in the world have college degrees. Sánchez urged all the incoming students to strive to be a part of the small group by listening to others who have come before, who were successful in their studies.
According to Sánchez, there are four things that make people successful in college: firstly, find your strengths, talents and passions. Secondly, learn how to manage your time. Thirdly, challenge yourself in a variety of ways, and finally, have the strength to persist. These four things will lay the foundation for a successful college life and a successful life outside the college environment.
Secondary education and english major Sarah Hackworth found the experience of the convocation to be good. She felt “more welcome,” and the event showed that “even though they are terrified, the freshmen are not alone.”
The event was ended with the hanging of the class of 2020 plaque behind the anchor in the quad, and the consumption of many ice cream sandwiches.