Bright Lights for Big Thinkers
Congratulations to The URI Student Senate and Campus Recreation for adding lights to the North Recreation Complex. The lighted complex will include one soccer field and one flag football field, increasing the number of teams and games that can be accommodated through Intramural Sports and Club Sports.
In the Spotlight: Tyler Inkley, URI men’s rugby team captain
Q: How did you get involved in rugby?
A: I developed an interest for rugby the summer before my freshman year at URI. Once I found out that URI had a team, I signed up as soon as I could. I’ve been playing since my first semester as a freshman, and plan on continuing playing after graduation. Joining the rugby team has easily been the greatest decision I’ve made during my time here at URI.
Q: How do you balance rugby, senate & academics? Do you find this to be a difficult task?
A: Budgeting my time has been something that I’ve had to get good at throughout the years, but I like to think that as a senior I’ve finally come close to figuring it out. Obviously academics come first, or else why would I be here in the first place? After academics comes rugby and senate. I’ve been the president of the men’s rugby team here for the past three years, and just became an executive member of the Student Senate this last year, so both of these tend to take up substantial amounts of time too. However, I make a point to always take time for myself at the end of the day, it’s the small little mental breaks that keep me going.
Q: In your opinion, why is it beneficial to be involved on campus?
A: I honestly think that everybody benefits in their own unique way by being involved. For me personally, being involved on campus has allowed me to meet so many amazing people that I would have never met if I weren’t involved. From playing rugby, to being an RA, and then unexpectedly becoming a senator has allowed me to meet people from all circles of life, which is an experience I think everyone can benefit from. Life is all about the connections we make, and I feel confident knowing that I’ve made some of my best connections here at URI.
Q: What have you gained from your extracurricular involvement at URI?
A: Overall I would say I’ve gained a sense of responsibility from my extracurricular involvement at URI. Rugby has taught me better than any sport has what being a good teammate is and how to look out for your fellow man. The combination of playing the sport and getting involved in leadership roles throughout URI has instilled a deep sense of responsibility in me that I’m hoping will pay off in the long run.
Q: What skills have you learned from these activities?
A: I’d like to say I’ve learned just as much outside of the classroom as I have in it during my time here at URI. I’ve learned how to effectively lead groups to success, and how important it is to let others lead at times. I’ve learned how important and rewarding it is to help others, and to feel a sense of responsibility and pride for the work that you accomplish. I’ve learned how to play the one of the greatest and most physically demanding sports ever created by man. I’ve learned more than I could ever imagine at URI with the majority of senior year still ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Q: What lessons have you learned in Rugby that may be applied to your professional and/or personal life? How about Senate?
A: I’ve learned more about life than anything when it comes to rugby. Playing rugby with the group of guys I’m lucky to call my teammates and coaches has taught me more about being a man than it has about rugby. Rugby has taught me it’s worth going past the point of exhaustion to achieve a goal. I’ve learned how to be disciplined, and how to be a proud, encouraging teammate. In a similar sense, senate has taught me how to make positive impactful change in my community, and how to work in a diverse group of people to achieve a common goal.
Q: What advice would you give a student who is looking to become more involved?
A: The best advice I can give is to simply put yourself out there! Cast a wide net to start and then hone in and focus on the things you like that will help you become a better version of yourself. Make connections with people you aspire to be like and strive to be someone to aspire to. There are some really remarkable people within the URI community, and in my opinion, it’s a missed opportunity to not try and get involved and make an impact.
Story by Sabrina Araújo
Class of 2018, Public Relations and Communications Major
Photo Gallery by Michael J. Nolfe
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