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URI senior excels at lightning speed

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 16, 2005 -- University of Rhode Island senior Jemina Varghese set her own pace through college. She took off at a sprint; she excelled academically, served as a leader in the URI and local communities – and has done it all in a matter of three years.

“I’m excited, nervous, and a little sad too,” said Varghese of graduating this month. “It was a lot of work and many sleepless nights. I had to stay on top of things and couldn’t go out a lot. Graduating early forces you to make school your priority over having fun, and at times, the motivation is difficult when you haven’t slept. But now I’m happy I did it. I don’t regret it at all,” said the business management major, leadership minor, and Dean’s List student.

“I hated school at the beginning of freshman year, and then I started getting involved. I know everyone says that, but it’s so true.” For Varghese, “getting involved” meant serving as College of Business representative for the Student Senate, and spending a summer as an Orientation leader, as well as reviving and becoming president of URI’s Model United Nations. She also served as a government relations intern at GTech.

Varghese said her busy years at URI also enhanced her cultural life. She explained that she was somewhat embarrassed by her Indian culture, but then visited India for a fourth time during her freshman year, and something ‘clicked.’ She since has become involved in the University’s annual Diversity Week and has danced with URI’s Dreams of Diversity Through Dance and the Asian Students Association.

“ I love everything I’ve done here, and [coming to URI] was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve made the best friends I’ll ever have, I have the best memories, and I even still have my mom to do my laundry,” joked the South Kingstown resident. “I do help her fold though.”

Varghese will have to learn to do her own laundry soon however, if her plans to work in Boston succeed. “I like a lot of marketing aspects of business, and I enjoy politics as well,” she said. “I plan on getting a job this summer, working for two or three years, then going back to school for my MBA or PhD.”

And if the last three years are any indication, Varghese will likely break her own record of achievement in the process.

URI News Bureau Photo by Michael Salerno Photography