Advice from your RAs

Students studying under the trees on the Quad

Study time on the Quad

Photo credit: Nora Lewis

First-year and transfer students: It’s pretty much a universal truth that no one’s ever relaxed by being told to relax, but URI’s resident assistants have advice on how to successfully transition to campus life.

First, fears of loneliness or failure are normal but not likely to happen, URI’s RAs say, especially if you get involved in campus life early. Your RAs are planning many community-building activities and strategies designed to foster a sense of belonging among new students. Their number-one tip for a great start to the school year: Don’t go it alone. Ask for their help when you need it. 

They have a few other suggestions as well.

Tips for a successful year 

  1. Plan to succeed. Students who take a physics course with Professor Douglas B. Gobeille know that, with planning, it’s possible to be homework-free by the weekend all year long. Check out Gobeille’s tips on how to read a textbook like a college professor. Visit Study Your Way to Success for information on study strategies, planning and time management, online learning, eliminating distractions, and managing test anxiety.
  2. Be open-minded. Events such as Rhody Rec Fest are a surefire way to meet new people.
  3. Practice self-care and healthy habits. Exercise, eat good food, and don’t skimp on sleep. Campus Recreation’s Wellness Resource Center offers meditation space and well-being coaching.
  4. Join a club. Search our student organizations by category — academics, activism, creative outlets, religious groups or recreational activities — to find the right fit for you. 
  5. Go to your professors’ office hours and use academic support services. URI’s Academic Enhancement Center offers weekly tutoring groups, writing consultation, and strategies for preparing for classes.
  6. Manage your stress. The URI Counseling Center offers studends professional counseling, peer support services and support groups