LOUIS COLE '20: PAYING IT FORWARD

LOUIS COLE '20 (DUNCAN)

Houston, Texas native, O-Week Coordinator and Physics major.

“I can still remember weekly visits to the Houston Zoo with my mom when I was just five or six,” muses Louis Cole ’20. “She’d point across the street to the Rice campus and say, ‘If you want to go there, you’ve got to get good grades and be good in school.’ Her words stayed with me, and Rice became my dream school.”

Moving into Duncan College as a freshman, Louis’s initial feelings of trepidation quickly faded once O-Week was in full swing. “O-Week does a great job of keeping you busy and helping you make new friends,” he remembers. Those new relationships eased him into college life and inspired him to learn more about the incoming freshman experience.

Eager to help new students integrate smoothly into the Rice community, Louis became an O-Week Coordinator himself. In this role, he organized and planned events that ensured students were included and connected. “I understood that not every student adapts readily to residential college life,” he explained. “I wanted to be a part of easing that transition.”

"I’m not sure if Rice donors know that they’ve changed my life. I’ve been given the opportunity to get an education in chemical physics, but I’ve also learned how to listen to different opinions and to make friends with people of different backgrounds. Most importantly, I’ve learned who I am and who I want to be." — Louis Cole ’20

As for Louis’s Rice experience, it has definitely exceeded his expectations. He reports that, as expected, his courses are difficult, but he’s been impressed by the number of resources available to help students with what he calls the “Rice rigor.” “Student Success Initiatives is my favorite place on campus,” he says. “That office is one of the main reasons I learned to be successful here at Rice.”

Louis is quick to credit his success to others, including SSI, his professors and donors who have supported his incredible experience. “I’m not sure if Rice donors know that they’ve changed my life,” he explains. “I’ve been given the opportunity to get an education in chemical physics, but I’ve also learned how to listen to different opinions, to make friends with people of different backgrounds and, most importantly, I’ve learned who I am and who I want to be.”

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