- The type of community that Rice has to offer is super unique and we’re super lucky to be a part of it– I have trouble explaining the social environment and the different communities at Rice to my friends at other schools because it’s very different from the social environment at most colleges in the U.S. The residential college system, Beer Bike (read about the glory that is beer bike here: https://riceprogramcouncilsite.wordpress.com/beer-bike/) , jacks (every year, typically during the week of Beer Bike, residential colleges pull pranks on each other) – these are all concepts that I ramble on and on about to my friends yet still feel like they don’t completely understand because they’re all unique parts of the Rice experience. That just goes to show how unique the Rice experience is and how lucky we are as Rice students to have a college experience that is as inclusive, fun, and memorable as the one that Rice has to offer.
- If you’re not trying to learn the material the first opportunity you have to learn it, you’ll most likely fall behind – I definitely learned this the hard way, but it’s probably the most important lessons that I took away from my first semester at Rice. No longer having to take quizzes and submit homework assignments everyday, I definitely started to become less disciplined, and I fell in to the unhealthy habit of cramming in learning weeks of material in the few days before exams. Adjusting to college academics is definitely a process, but you’ll soon learn to be responsible for your own learning.
- You probably won’t find your ‘passion’ during your first month of college – Since High School, I’ve heard over and over again that college is the time to find my passion, and I had completely bought in to this idea. I do agree with this, college is the time and place to find what makes your excited and the career path that suits your interests and talents. However, you’re most likely not going to find your exact passion freshman year. You’re going to be taking mostly intro classes during your few semesters and these classes rarely show you the most interesting and fun parts of the field. Rather, freshman year is the time for you to recognize what type of work you enjoy doing, what your strengths are, and then narrow down your options from there. Don’t worry if you don’t have it figured out by the end of your freshman year! As long as you’re learning a lot about yourself, you’re on the right track to finding your passion.
- There are hundreds of different combinations of majors and minors you can pursue at Rice, and many of them may seem completely unrelated, but Rice is the place to do it– We’re super lucky to have the low student to faculty ratio and academic flexibility that we do at Rice. It gives us the time and option to explore different majors across the board. Another added benefit of this is that many students end up pursuing double majors or multiple minors. During my first two semesters here, I have met students For example, I have met students double majoring in political science and computer science, biochemistry and economics, and chemistry and english. Utilize Rice’s academic resources and flexibility to pursue more than one interest, even if they may seem completely unrelated!
No two people experience Rice the same way, but one thing for sure- every single person experiences growth in unexpected ways and learns to fall in love with different parts of Rice. So great ready and get EXCITED for this new chapter of your life.