The Real Reasons I Chose Rice

So it’s March, and if you seniors are anything like I was, you’re probably perfecting the art of doing the bare minimum in all of your classes to slide by with a passing grade. (Just kidding – that’s an awful idea! Don’t do that!) Anyway, you’re probably also spending a lot of time worrying or fantasizing about college.  And if you’re exactly like me, you may have applied to 16 different schools. And as the acceptances are beginning to roll in, you’re forced to admit that you have absolutely know idea what you’re going to do with your life.  And that’s where the list comes in.  Now I’m not talking about the list that you’re going to make with your parents that calculates academic rigor and financial value…blah blah blah. (Kidding again, that stuff is important.) But I’m talking about the real list. The one that determines exactly what sets each college over the top.

I stole this photo from my friend Joseph - he's an avid squirrel watcher as well.

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  1. My Hogwarts Application was denied.

On my eleventh birthday, I waited and waited and waited for Hogwarts acceptance letter.  When it never came, I assumed I’d be a late admit – that my powers just weren’t ready yet. When senior year finally rolled around, I had to face the truth: broomsticks and spells probably weren’t in my future.  So I began my search for the most Hogwarts-like college I could find and I found Rice. The residential college system has been explained umpteen times in this blog, so I’ll try not to do it again, but the best way I can describe the colleges at Rice is to compare them to the four houses of Hogwarts.  Like houses, each college is close-knit like a family. Like houses, each college has a faculty “head” who is there to support the students.  Like houses, each college has its own unique traditions, cheers, and rivalries with other colleges. And like houses, the entrance to each college is behind an enchanted talking portrait. Oh wait…now that’s not right.

  1. Squirrels

If you haven’t yet visited Rice, it’s something I strongly recommend you do. And while you’re examining the library or the physics lab, take a look at the squirrels.  Rice has the happiest, friendliest, most well-fed squirrels – and that’s a fact. The squirrel-watching opportunities alone should send Rice straight to the top of your list.

  1. Water Balloon Fights

At the end of March this awesome thing takes place on campus: Beer Bike. It’s this huge, campus-wide tradition that I will tell you all about once it occurs. Google it if you’re still confused.  Anyway, before this event takes place, there is a water balloon fight. And not just a couple of kids running around throwing balloons.  Oh no, this is a full-out water war that is prepared for weeks in advance.  Confession time: I haven’t actually experienced this yet – but just the mention of this epic battle gets my heart racing. And it should get yours too!

  1. Endless Food Options

Lots of schools have one cafeteria, maybe two or three at most.  Rice, however, has six serveries! With that many meal options, how could I ever get bored?  And that’s without the Hoot, Willy’s Pub, or Coffehouse.

  1. Dorms with Air Conditioning

Some schools don’t have air conditioning. We do. This one is kind of a no brainer.

My list was longer – but I know most of you only skim these posts anyway. So go ahead, make your list, come to Rice.

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