“It takes a village to get you here. And it takes a village to get you along your journey here.”
Reflecting on her undergraduate years now as a medical student, a Rice Alumni said those words during a discussion about her journey as a pre-med student at Rice. From the beginning of O-Week, Rice students hear a lot about the culture of care at Rice and how everyone is here if you need support and it’s incredible how evident that statement is in every part of life.
Last Sunday night around 11:30pm, I was finishing up some last minute work when there was an outbreak of noise outside my door. Unbothered by it, I continued working when there was pounding on my door. Opening my door, I saw my friend, who was holding his laptop and had a disappointed look on his face. Hearing that he spilled half of his water bottle on his laptop, I took his laptop and attempted to wipe it off while also using a blow dryer to attempt to get some of the water off. I also called a friend who was at Fondren Library as she had uncooked rice in her room from when this exact incident happened to her last fall. She ran all the way from Fondren to McMurtry College to grab the rice and bring it to my room. Just as we were going to place the computer in rice and hope for the best after blow drying it, the laptop started making noise and turned back on, right to the document that my friend had been working on (but forgot to save). We all started cheering and he took his laptop to finish his assignment. While a simple example of what Rice students are capable of, this culture only increases as the time to choose Orientation Week Advisors arrives.