I’m glad I chose RIC

Catherine Enos –Opinions editor

Three years ago, I transferred to RIC from CCRI. In high school and in my first two years of college, I was never an involved student and I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue. This changed the semester I came to RIC.

Coming here, I didn’t know anyone and didn’t know what to expect. I’ll admit, the first semester was miserable and I was in a field of study that I wasn’t enjoying. RIC presented me with so many opportunities to change this.

The first thing I did was change my major to political science. Before I changed to political science, it was always something I had been interested in but I didn’t think it was suitable for me– this couldn’t be further from the truth. In my three years in the department, I’ve met some of my favorite people and have been interested in everything the department had to offer.

RIC has afforded me a lot of other opportunities, too. I’ve been able to work with The Anchor as the opinions editor for the past two years. For almost the same amount of time, I’ve been a member of Student Community Government, Inc. In both of these organizations, I’ve learned a lot of useful information, even if it’s unrelated to the career I want to pursue later in life.

I know that RIC isn’t perfect. In fact, it’s far from it. But RIC has an illustrious history (which I’ve been able to study more deeply with the help of Professor Lopes in the special collections of the library). It’s the oldest of all the public schools and it’s been through a rapid transformation, from being a teaching school to becoming a school that offers so much more.

RIC is unlike any other school in Rhode Island. Every day, there are people that I meet that I’m in awe of. I’d argue that most people I’ve met here are the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met. When I graduate on May 11, I’ll be proud to say that I graduated from Rhode Island College.

I know that I made the right choice in choosing RIC.