As new students settle into the new school year, some upperclassmen Rams were asked to reflect on why they chose to attend the University of Rhode Island.

 

Sara Ryan

Senior – Communication Studies

 

KR: What did you think of URI before applying here?

SR: I really didn’t want to go here at first because I’m from Narragansett and it’s 15 minutes away. I thought I wanted to go far away from

Amber Beech | Rhody the Ram greets fans in the stands.
Amber Beech | Rhody the Ram greets fans in the stands.

home, [but] it turned out to be the best option for me when I was a senior.

 

KR: What made you realize URI was the school for you?

SR: When it came down to it, I love Rhode Island; I love being near the beach and I was close to my family.

 

KR: What is your favorite spot on campus?

SR: The Union, it’s a good place to do your homework or meet up with friends. There is a lot of different things to do, it’s just the spot I always find myself in.

 

KR: To you, what is the best part about being a “Rhody Ram”?

SR: Everyone is just one big community. There are a lot of people involved on campus and people have school spirit. You feel like you really belong when you are here.

 

Kelly Mongeau

Junior – Accounting

 

KR: What did you think of URI before applying here?

KM: I didn’t know much about it even though I’m from Rhode Island. As I went on tours, I kind of just fell in love with it. I wanted to be close to home but not that close to it.

 

KR: What made you realize URI was the school for you?

KM: It was my first choice. As soon as I was on my campus tour, I knew that this is where I wanted to be.

 

KR: What is your favorite spot on campus?

KM: I like the Quad because when it is really nice out you see everybody out there, walking around or sitting on the grass. It’s just a really cool atmosphere to be in.

 

KR: To you, what is the best part about being a “Rhody Ram”?

KM: You just get to meet so many people. It’s interesting because there are so many different clubs and ways for people to get involved.

 

Chris Alves

Freshman – Public Relations

 

KR: What did you think of URI before applying here?

CA: I was absolutely in love with this campus. I toured it I would say four or five times before officially deciding, and each time I came here I learned something new about it.

 

KR: What made you realize URI was the school for you?

CA: It would definitely be on the first day of orientation. I’m a huge theater nerd and my favorite, favorite, favorite show is A Chorus Line. Then when the leaders said they had a skit for us, I groaned in my seat. Once I heard the beginning of the play (A Chorus Line) come on, I was so excited. It made me feel so at home and like I really belonged.

 

KR: What is your favorite spot on campus?

CA: So far I don’t have a favorite, but there are these beautiful hills near the gym. I love to go walk them when I need some private time. And I love the Quad! I get to live out my college dream of hanging out on the Quad doing some homework.

 

KR: To you, what is the best part about being a “Rhody Ram”?

CA: All the opportunities I have being here, there are so many exciting things about this campus.

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Kate Rogerson
Something really cool about the University of Rhode Island is that we are a big-time Division 1 university with an immense amount of resources and connections at the grasp of our fingertips. But at the same time, this kind of environment is unique because we have the ability to create our communities and connections due to being smaller. I have always enjoyed being a member of the Cigar because you put your skills to the test. It's your chance to take a chance, grow, learn and become better. Being the newscast editor/director/person in charge allows me to show my passion for my career and transfuse that passion in others. URI and the Cigar have the chance to put journalism on the map - there is no reason why we can't be the next Syracuse or Emerson or big-time known school. Taking things like this seriously and being passionate about them will take us to higher levels into our professional careers.