The best part of my studies has been the opportunity to get into actual classrooms. The education programs are set up so that—starting your 2 or 3 semester into the program—URI students attend practicums at elementary, middle, and/or high schools each semester. This has been a great way for me to see the theories and best practices learned in my courses applied in a real-world setting.
I applied to college having no idea what I wanted to study. I didn’t look much further than URI because I knew that it had so much to offer. I could try new things and find a major that fit my interests and passions, as well as engage myself in many organizations and experiences that would help me find myself and what it was I wanted to do.
When I realized there was a profession (physical therapy) that could combine my interest in the sciences with my love of sports and helping others, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I think what has surprised me most about URI is all the opportunities that are offered so close to home. Growing up I never realized that the programs at URI are some of the best in the country.
I chose URI because the program had everything I was looking for; engaging faculty, a cohort model, and an opportunity to gain experiences from different higher education institutional types through internship experiences.
URI’s Human Development and Family Studies program gives students the opportunity to make their academic experience personal to their specific interests. Students are not only learning about the entire lifespan in the classroom but hands on learning in the community as well.
“The best part of my studies at URI is the freedom I have in selecting courses. The TMD program is structured with 18 professional electives built in to the 120 credit requirement for graduating which can be used for a minor. I chose minor in general business and I could not be happier!”
“The best part of my studies I would say are my field placements. There are a lot of great programs for education, but you won’t get an experience quite like the one at URI. The professors are knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach.”
“I had a good base of business classes but wanted to learn fashion design. After looking at the course curriculum for a TMD degree, I felt that the University of Rhode Island offered everything I needed to peruse my fashion design dreams. I really love the culture of URI, like their slogan “Think Big, We Do” because that is how I am.”
“My “Big Idea” is to one day open a private practice speech-language pathology facility with my sister, Christine, a fellow speech-language pathologist.”
“With small colleges you get an intimate learning experience where the professor knows your name. A larger college usually provides more resources. This is what I think is unique about URI and why I chose it – it has the best parts of both “big” and “small” colleges.”
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