Be Amazed at Owl Days

Congratulations to those of you that have been admitted to Rice! Whether you have already paid your deposit or are still trying to make your college decision, I highly recommend attending Owl Days, a two-day program for admitted students that allows you to experience everything that Rice has to offer. Here are seven reasons why you should come to Owl Days:

#1: You’ll get to interact with current students—Staying with my host and her roommate gave me the opportunity to ask them questions about their classes, favorite activities, and the best (and worst) parts of the school year. There are some things about a school that you just can’t learn from a website—hearing from freshmen about their experiences as first-year students gave me a new outlook on what I could do with my time at Rice.

#2: Experience residential college life—Sleeping, showering, playing, eating, and lounging around a residential college during Owl Days gives you a feel for life as a Rice student. I enjoyed my time at Jones College during Owl Days even though it’s not where I ended up when I matriculated in the fall (Will Rice Will Sweep!)

#3: Eat in the serveries—Each of Rice’s serveries has a different menu, and at Owl Days you can try all the food our chefs have to offer!

#4: Learn your way around campus—Though I’ve lived near Rice my entire life, I realized that I didn’t know my way around campus as well as I thought I did when I attended Owl Days. Walking around campus between activities and lectures made me feel much more prepared to move into my dorm in August.

#5: Attend classes in your intended field(s) of study—I was nervous about going to a small English class during Owl Days, but I am so glad that I went. Sitting in on a course for my prospective major helped me feel right at home in the academic environment at Rice and reaffirmed my desire to study English as an undergraduate.

#6: Check out what different clubs have to offer—Seeing students share their passions for singing, dancing, acting, and performing reassured me that I could balance my schoolwork and hobbies as an Owl.

#7: Meet other prospective students—One of the best parts about Owl Days is getting to meet other admitted students. I had so much fun navigating Rice for a couple of days with people I met, some of whom became my classmates, fellow Will Ricers, and best friends at Rice. I went to Owl Days to see what Rice was all about, and I came back with memories to last a lifetime.

Hope for Humanities Students!

As a humanities student, it can be daunting to attend a school such as Rice—a university known for its STEM research and programs. Though I love my two fields of study, English and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, I sometimes wonder what opportunities I will be able to find after I graduate from Rice. Thankfully, the School of Humanities provides many opportunities for undergraduate students to enhance our studies and help us translate our education to a variety of professional environments.

One of these opportunities is the Accounting Workshop for Humanities Students, a one-day, non-credit workshop hosted by the School of Humanities and led by Professor Ben Lansford, Director of the Master in Accounting (MAcc) program at Rice’s Jones Business School. I recently attended this workshop after the Associate Dean of Humanities, Professor Lora Wildenthal, brought it to my attention. A basic understanding of accounting is essential in jobs for both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies, so I decided that it would be beneficial to attend this workshop and dip my toe into the world of accounting for a day.

This workshop taught me what accountants do and how their job is relevant in the professional world. I left this experience with a better understanding of accounting and knowledge that I can use in careers I may not have considered if I had not attended this workshop. I am glad that I took advantage of this opportunity, and I look forward to attending more events geared towards humanities students such as myself in my remaining three years at Rice.

Soarin’, Flyin’, and Dancin’ Our Way into Homecoming with the Owls!

When I was a senior in high school deciding where to apply for college, I knew that I wanted to go to a school that had a dance team. As a seasoned dancer and dance/drill team member in Texas, a state known for its high school football, I knew I wanted to continue performing at sporting events and promoting school spirit in college. As soon as I confirmed that I would be attending Rice this year, I looked forward to joining the Rice Owls Dance Team, an organization of which I am now a member.

It can be nerve-wracking to join a new team, but I soon realized that the girls on the Rice Owls Dance Team are compassionate and dedicated to dancing and fostering a welcoming community. We have a big-little sister program in which the officers assign a rookie (new member) to two veterans who will mentor her throughout the year. My coach, the officers, and my “big sisters” helped me learn the ways of the team earlier this fall, and I excitedly jumped into performing with my new teammates.

The Rice Owls Dance Team performs at all home football, volleyball, and basketball games, as well as other events such as pep rallies and our annual Spring Show. We practice twice a week and learn exciting pom, jazz, and hip-hop dances to popular songs like I Like It by Cardi B and Womanizer by Britney Spears. Everyone works hard to make our dances shine both on the field and on the court, and each member exhibits their desire to promote the good of the team. Though Rice may not have the same gameday experience as larger state schools, the students and alumni that reside in Houston cultivate a vibrant atmosphere at sporting events that any Owl can appreciate.

We performed at our last football game of the season this past Saturday, but our work is not over yet. Basketball season has only just begun, and we still have our Spring Show to look forward to at the end of the academic year. If you are interested in seeing what one of the best spirit squads at Rice is all about, come on out to one of our performances to help us cheer on the Owls! Rice Fight Never Dies!

Members of the Rice Owls Dance Team wearing our new uniforms at the homecoming game!