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Let’s Talk Change URI

June 24, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews

 It’s a bit unrealistic to like everything about your college and its campus, right? Well, the University of Rhode Island is no exception to that. From the hassle of selling back your old textbooks  to limited parking spaces and even the off-campus social scene,there are a few things I would change about URI and here’s why:

URI Bookstore

URI Bookstore

One thing I would change about URI would have to be the inconvenience of the bookstore. Every semester, thousands of students purchase books for their classes, some of them are never even used while others are used once or twice during the entire course. Not only is this unfair, but when it comes to the end of the school year, selling back your books to the URI Bookstore is horrifying. I’ve had instances where I’ve purchased a hardcover textbook for over $60 and have received $5-10 back. This just doesn’t seem fair especially because students cannot afford to be buying such expensive books. I remember as I freshmen, I was willing to purchase an expensive book because I was told I could sell it back to the URI Bookstore, but after realizing they would only pay me for a fraction of the original price, I stopped purchasing my books from them. Now, I use other alternatives allowing me to rent books and mail them back without any additional cost.
A URI Parking Lot

A URI Parking Lot

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you how difficult it is to find on-campus parking. It usually starts off with an angry tone then a few dirty looks followed by one or two heavy breathes of frustration. These are the immediate responses of URI students when parking is mentioned. There’s always construction, which means heavy duty machinery is most likely blocking parking spots. With an increase in student body each year, you would think the school would add more parking spots conveniently near dorm buildings or even the library, but no. That’s the least of their worries and as you can see from the image above, some parking lots have massive potholes preventing students from pulling into spaces. If you ask me, some of these holes seem unsafe and could damage a student, faculty member or vehicle. For now, URI continues to expand its departments and programs by adding to the campus without taking into consideration the lack of parking spaces available.
South Kingstown Police

South Kingstown Police

The last thing thing that makes the University of Rhode Island difficult to stand is the off-campus social scene. Being a dry campus has arguably ruined URI’s reputation as being a party school. It’s difficult to even have friends over in your dorm room because the Residential Assistant (RA) may consider it to be a party. With that being said, most parties and friendly gatherings are ‘down the line’ in Narragansett and South Kingstown, where most upperclassmen live. This is about a twenty minute ride off campus, making the commute to hang out with friends a dreaded trip. In recent years, the parties off-campus have resulted in a lot of issues with local police. This has started a parking ban in off-campus residential neighborhoods throughout evenings and into the night. Students are now unable to get together with their friends because of transportation issues as well as disagreements with town police. What ever happened to having fun while in college?
 
It’s an unfortunate situation when the college or university you attend seems to make decisions without the student body in mind. In my opinion, these are changes that the University of Rhode Island should take into consideration and potentially change in order to be have a more positive effect on students. Although URI has been my home for the past three years, those in charge may need pay closer attention to its Rhody students and their desires for change. 

Working on Campus

April 25, 2014 in Campus Life

Freshman year, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to work on campus. I think it’s good to wait until at least the second semester, if not your next year, before you think about getting a job on campus so you’ll have more time to get used to college life. Dealing with classes and homework when you’re in college is much different from what happens in high school. I decided to apply to my school’s bookstore during my sophomore year of college. Getting a job while you’re still in school not only means having some extra money for books or to treat yourself but allows you to have the opportunity to gain some great experience.

At The College of New Jersey, our bookstore is half school merchandise, half convenience store, with another section for textbooks and some shelves for school supplies and a few books. Although it’s technically a Barnes & Noble, it won’t really look like one until the Campus Town extension to TCNJ is completed. I’m very excited to see the expanded store, all of the extra merchandise, and especially the books. Once we have more ‘fun’ books on our shelves, I’ll be shopping in there all of the time.

When I applied to work there, my best friend had already been working there for a year so I felt like I knew what I was getting into. I heard that the people working there were great, the managers were awesome, and the job didn’t push you too hard or interfere with your class schedule. I was happy to hear about that because although I was excited to get work there, I was worried that spending too many hours at the bookstore would affect me academically. Although the schedule can get kind of crazy sometimes, at the very beginning and end of the semester, for the most part there is a good balance for the hours given. Each worker gets a few shifts a week and you can always pick up someone else’s if they can’t make it.

I’m fairly certain that this is how it is for all student worker jobs, though I don’t have personal experience with anything else. If you do have a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on campus, I’d really recommend looking into their job opportunities. Not only will you get a great discount and meet great people, you’ll learn how to work with customers, maintain the store, and gain the basic skills you’ll need if you ever pick up another retail job.

Working while you’re in college is a great experience as long as you manage your time wisely. While working I think that I actually do better because I have less time to procrastinate. Whether you decide that you want to try a new job or apply for an internship, give yourself the opportunity to learn and grow outside of your academic studies. You never know what could happen!

The TCNJ bookstore is conveniently located in the student center

The TCNJ bookstore is conveniently located in the student center