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Rice Love Stories

We asked several impressive Owls to share how they fell in love with Rice. Hover over (or tap on your mobile device) each student's photo below to read one reason why he or she loves the university!

SARAH BERTON ’20 (MARTEL)

“My first love at Rice was definitely my residential college. Martel made the transition to college so much more manageable, as I immediately had an extensive network of support and many familiar faces with whom to interact. My college continues to be the place on campus where I feel most at home.”

SIMBA DZINAMARIRA, COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT

“I remember one after-party for Beer Bike when the Graduate Student Association had a waterslide near Valhalla. We were having so much fun that we thought nothing about walking around in our wet clothes. The ability to switch from engaging in serious research to socializing with my peers made me fall in love with Rice.”

RONALDO SANCHEZ ’19 (LOVETT)

"The residential college system blew my mind. Each residential college is more than a dorm; it is a support system, a great learning space, and an extended family. Lovett College is definitely one of the things I love most about Rice."

CAROLINE LEE ’19 (JONES)

“I fell in love with the opportunities to engage in meaningful research, both independently and with our professors. During my sophomore year, I created my own research project combining topics around immigration, infectious diseases and health policy. I had the independence to pursue a project at the intersection of my different interests, which truly ignited my passion for research and the field of health policy.”

KATHERINE ANARDE, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENT

“The opportunities for graduate students at Rice who are seeking external fellowships is incredible. From information sessions to fellowship coaches, it's obvious that Rice is invested in helping their students succeed on the national stage.”

PERRIS LEWIS ’20 (WILL RICE)

“Macroeconomics professor Amelie Carlton changed my perspective when she illustrated how the true growth of an economy is through the growth of ideas. I love these opportunities to expand my understanding of the world.”

AVI GORI ’16 (SID RICH), ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENT

“My favorite part about learning at Rice is the opportunity to branch out from my field and learn about new topics. As a graduate student, I have been able to take classes in statistics, engineering and applied mathematics. With each new class I learn about other areas of research that are happening at Rice, and gain new perspectives on my own research.”

CHARLSEA LAMB ’19 (BROWN)

I think almost everyone—including me—believes that their residential college was their “first love” at Rice. The day I stepped out of the car on move-in day, upperclassmen at Brown already knew my name, where I was from, my interests, and more. To have people care about you the moment you first step on campus is something very unique to Rice.

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