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Courtesy of Rocky Kile

Four-hour commute doesn’t stem student’s passion for wildlife, outdoors

Senior Rocky Kile had to leave his home in Barrington at 4:30 a.m. to catch the public transit bus to Kingston every Friday this fall to arrive in time for his 7 o’clock ornithology lab. But he says the nearly four hours he spent commuting each day were well worth it.

“It’s my favorite class. I wouldn’t miss it. I find birds really amazing,” said Kile, 25, who majors in wildlife and conservation biology. “Besides, I got most of my studying done on the bus, giving me time to do everything else I need when I get home.”

Kile’s passion for wildlife and the outdoors stems from his early days growing up in rural North Carolina before moving to Rhode Island as a teenager. Following two years studying guitar...


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