Though he admits it is a big commitment, Chris Cicero believes Student Senate is well worth the hard work. He would have to, considering he is well into his fifth year as a senator.
As the oldest member of the senate, Cicero has played numerous roles on the University of Rhode Island’s governing body over the years. He started off on the Cultural Affairs committee in his freshman year, before eventually being elected to the Elections and Rules and Ethics committees. Cicero’s first executive position was as the Cultural Affairs Chair during his junior year and he was elected vice president last year. Currently the treasurer, Cicero joked that he feels old compared to his fellow senators, but he certainly is not tired of working for the student body.
“I really enjoy being the voice, representing a body of students and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on campus,” he said.
Cicero was on the student council in high school and wanted to continue making a difference during his college years. In addition to the influence he has on the URI community, Cicero’s favorite part of the job is meeting new people in a wide range of departments.
“I get to make different connections on different parts of campus that I never thought I would make,” Cicero said.
Cicero’s long senate career is possible due to the six-year pharmacy program he is participating in. He will graduate in 2016 with a doctorate in pharmacy, which he had been planning on pursuing ever since the start of high school.
“I was always interested in science in school and I’m all about helping people and connecting with others,” Cicero said.
Another major influence in his career choice was his mother, who works at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence. Cicero said he had a great experience job shadowing at Newport Hospital a few months prior to his freshman year. While he is not sure whether he will be looking for a job in retail or at a hospital, Cicero said he is sure pharmacy is the career for him.
In addition to his studies and his work in senate, Cicero keeps busy as a resident advisor at Burnside Hall and as a member of the Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity. In the past, he has also served on the URI Athletics Advisory Board and was a member of the American Pharmacists Association. Today, whenever he has free time, he likes hanging out in Newport with friends, relaxing on the quad and eating at Peking Tokyo in the Emporium.
Overall, Cicero is proud to be a member of the URI community due to the numerous opportunities and activities the school offers. Cicero urges students to get involved in multiple organizations and to make the most of their time at URI.
“There are so many opportunities to get involved and really find your calling,” he said. “Clearly I found mine here. What you get out of your experience at URI is what you put into it, so the more you get involved the better the experience you’re going to have here.”