The Highs and Lows of Life at Rice

Sometimes it’s just one of those weeks. It seems like everything that can go wrong does. Life at Rice is filled with fulfilling relationships, unique opportunities, and a beautiful campus, but also stress and academic commitments. When work piles up and exams are coming up, stress can build up and you can begin to feel overwhelmed.

I’ve experienced stress associated with academics across my life at different schools, and Rice is no exception. However, at Rice, there’s an incredibly supportive community that makes it better even when everything seems to be falling apart. Besides numerous academic resources like academic fellows at each residential college, review sessions, and TA sessions, it is incredibly easy to find other students to form a study group with. This collaborative environment works to alleviate stress and frustration that can build up when you’re trying to do a million things at once by yourself.

Further than just academic stress though, the Rice community has allowed me to meet individuals that work me through any of the numerous unexpected crises that have come up this year. Life at Rice is filled with highs and lows, but the friends I’ve made and the people I have met always find a way to make a rough time not seem so bad.

Rice is competitive, but collaboratively competitive, meaning you can always find someone who is more than willing to help you in academics or in life. I have never felt pitted against my classmates or felt an ‘every man for himself’ attitude since I’ve come to Rice. When you enter college, you never know what kind of situations may come up, and you may face things you never expected, encountered, or planned for. But at Rice, there’s always someone who’s gone through what you’re going through and is willing to be there for you.

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