22 Things The URI Class Of 2022 Should Know Even Before Their First Class Begins​

22 Things The URI Class Of 2022 Should Know Even Before Their First Class Begins​

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you probably will.

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I was quite the innocent and confused freshman, not to mention also super embarrassing. Everything I have here is things every URI freshman learns eventually, with much trial and error. I'm blessing you with 22 pieces of essential info you need to know coming into URI.

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you will probably make some of those mistakes regardless. I hope you learn something!

1. "Caroline" by Aminé will be played far too many times at parties

2. There are no frat parties at the frat houses, don't look a fool and line up outside of them thinking there's going to be any parties at the beginning of the year

3. Don't smoke in your room, be smart and go somewhere else

4. Go to Hope for good salads and Butt for good nugs and omelets

5. DO NOT SKIP CLASS! You'll be setting yourself up for failure

6. Don't blow your Ram Card money all in one month, be savvy with your spending

7. You'll either love your roommate or hate them, and if the problem can't be solved, Housing can move you out fast AF

8. URI is hella cliquey, it's almost like you never left high school sometimes

9. The second floor of the library is straight up Greek Life and you'll never get work done. SO if you want to get work done, try the first floor if you like noise or the third, which is no noise

10. Football games suck (sorry), basketball games are where it's at so invest in Rhody Ruckus

11. Order On-The-Go or get to Dunks during off-times in the morning, like while everyone is in class, or you'll be stuck in line for an eternity

12. Hillside is overrated, it's got nice lounges but that's really it

13. Avoid the "I don't want a relationship right now but I want you to do relationship things with me anyway" guys and gals. You're worth someone who wants to commit to you and I learned that far too late

14. Don't seclude yourself in your dorm because you have a significant other and want to talk to them 24/7. You'll end up with a very small pool of people willing to chill with you

15. Don't be the roommate who sexiles your other roomate(s) all the time, it's rude and annoying

16. I rushed as a sophomore and I don't regret it, but I highly recommend both guys and girls to do it as freshmen. Be involved as much as you can in your fraternity or sorority and in Greek 101 (which sucks to go to but it's not that bad)

17. Please don't be a disgusting slob in the bathrooms. Your fellow hallmates, not to mention the janitorial staff who work their butts off to clean after you, would really appreciate it

18. University Spirit at the top of campus in the Emporium has super cute URI and Greek Life apparel and it's not as expensive as getting it from the Bookstore

19. They're also adding Insomnia Cookies to the Emporium. You're welcome.

20. Don't stand around in the middle of where people walk in the dining halls, it makes the upperclassmen very triggered

21. Be thankful for freshmen dorms and elevators... next year if you're stuck in the Sophomore Slums, you'll regret saying your dorm sucked

22. GA concert tickets aren't the best, you're honestly better off sitting because you can actually go pee and not worry about losing a spot (go to as many concerts as you can, just saying)

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To The Baylor Professor Equating LGBTQ And Women's Rights To 'Barbarianism,' Keep That Out Of The Classroom

Unless someone asks for your political opinion, don't talk about it. It's simple courtesy.

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Politics are a touchy subject. They're a notoriously banned conversation topic at family reunions, Thanksgiving dinners, first dates, meeting the in-laws... the list goes on.

Understandably, people will have a certain preference to a political party that defines their stance on certain issues in politics. The bottom line is that it's important to have political discussion without enmity across party lines.

The moment we demonize the opposing party is the moment we all fail as a society and stay stagnant in our pursuit of a progressive nation.

Unless someone asks for my political opinion, I won't talk about it. It's simple courtesy. Therefore, you can imagine my shock when my professor outwardly expressed his far-right, offensive political opinions in an obviously diverse classroom.

As I was sitting in my economics lecture listening to my professor explain Natural Law, I realized something sinister developing. On the board, he had graphed a downwards curved line representing the evolution of society as it approaches "Neo-Barbarianism."

Upon the line, he plotted points at which the line began to slope downwards, signifying the causes of the deterioration of society:

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What shocked me to my core was the fact that in his mind, revolutionary Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade and Obergfell v. Hodges that granted people civil rights were something "barbaric."

These were the points he plotted on the curve, proclaiming that society had been damned with Supreme Court decisions that showed complete disregard for Christianity and its values our nation was founded on.

I was in disbelief that an environment as innocent as a classroom was used as a vehicle to spread political agenda and offensive ideology justified by religion:

"Homosexuality is a sin. It says so in the Bible. It's impure."

"Gay has become the new black."

"No matter what society thinks is right, it is a lie. The only truth you know to be true is your Bible, so hold onto that."

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a pretty face, but she's really not that smart. Does she have a dad? Someone needs to put that girl in her place."

How can anyone sit through a lecture where their professor is freely offensive in every way?

Politics are something to be kept especially separate from professional environments, and this is exactly why. A classroom is no less an inappropriate environment to discuss politics than a job interview. Young minds are highly impressionable, so for such strong political ideology to be broadcast with a religious appeal is highly inappropriate.

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