Your Village At Rice

“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.

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Pixar Studi-O Week: My Introduction to Rice

“Pixar Studi-O Week? Do you guys dress up as Pixar characters for an entire week?”

I got this question from friends back home and would often have to explain that O-Week was our orientation week at Rice and that we didn’t have to dress up as Pixar characters. While we collectively wondered why it was an entire week, rather than the 2-3 days offered by our state schools, the impact it would have on my Rice experience was unimaginable.

The Culture of Care that Rice students so frequently refer to was evident from the beginning of the summer. From the information books I received in the mail to the constant emails our coordinators would send us, all I had been told was that O-Week would be an extremely memorable week with 8-10 other students and 4 Advisors (current students) in my “O-Week group.”

My O-Week Group (Finding Migos!!)

On that bright Sunday morning as my dad navigated towards McMurtry College, I was met by my enthusiastic Advisors screaming my name and rushing to unload our car. Before I knew it, most of my stuff was in my room and there was no stress for me or my family.

Our greeting on Move-in Day!

However, one of my suitcases unfortunately got lost in the shuffle of moving in. My Advisors did not stop looking for it and truly demonstrated the Culture of Care by knocking on every door possible and asking for the suitcase until we found it. Our Advisors had worked so tirelessly to make this week the best week possible for us, and this was just the first instance of the Culture of Care that Rice is so well known for.

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