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Meet the Team

The 2014 Orientation Student Peer Counselors Welcome You to RIC!


About Us

The Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS) organizes and coordinates new student orientation. OASIS also provides a number of other academic support and advising services. These include the Academic Advisement Information Center, Academic Development Center, Mathematics Learning Center, National Student Exchange Program, Tutorial Services, and the Writing Center.

Orientation Leaders

Jessica Aspeel

Title: Head Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: North Providence
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Middle and Secondary Education in English, Minor in Theatre Clubs/Organizations: Middle Level Advisory Board; Employee of The Writing Center; Sigma Tau Delta
Hobbies: Reading, theatre, and singing Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "30 Rock" and "Beauty and the Beast" Advice to Freshmen: Talk to your professors!
Life / Employment after RIC: Hopefully get a position at a Rhode Island public school! What I like best about RIC: Its small size allows students to get to know one another as well as their professors. How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC has one of the most highly recommended Education programs that I know of. Some of my favorite teachers were RIC graduates, so going to RIC was the natural decision for me!

Anthony Vega

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Connecticut City: Hartford
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Communication: Mass Media/Theatre Clubs/Organizations: Theatre Organization, Communication Club, and Hall Council
Hobbies: Reading books; watching American Idol, America’s Got Talent, E! News, MTV News, TMZ; swimming and jogging; traveling; acting and seeing plays and musicals Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest", "August: Osage County", "The Help", "Saving Mr. Banks", "Parks and Recreation", "SNL", "The Office", "30 Rock", "Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon", "The Today Show", "House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black", and "Mad Men". Advice to Freshmen: Be involved in as much on campus as possible, make lots of new friends, enjoy your time in college because it will go by FAST!, and work hard for what you want.
Life / Employment after RIC: I hope to work as an entertainment correspondent for E! News or MTV News and have my own show. Essentially, I want to be the next Ryan Seacrest. What I like best about RIC: I like that faculty and administration are always there to help you and they look out for your best interest. Also, because I live away from home, I love how there are always things to do, ways to meet new people, and opportunities to get involved in both the campus community and Rhode Island community. How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was right for me because it was a good distance away from home so that I could go back to CT if I needed to. Also, it offered programs and organizations that interested me. Plus, RIC is affordable.

Lee-Lee Ayala

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Music Performance Clubs/Organizations: None currently
Hobbies: Singing, playing the drums, guitar, and piano, and I like to double Dutch Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Chronicles of Narnia". Advice to Freshmen: Don’t depend on people to carry you through your years in college. People are here to help you, but not to carry you. Be a leader and not a follower while remembering your purpose, goals, and moral values as you attend college.
Life / Employment after RIC: A singer that tours the world while helping many people in different countries. What I like best about RIC: There are some nice people here, and the environment is comfortable whereas you don’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of people passing by. They have activities that support me with my Christian faith at the Interfaith center and the advisors remember who you are even though they help so many other students. How I knew RIC was right for me: The Music Program was said to be wonderful…and it is! The location of this school is close to my house which gives my family easy access to reach me.

Megan Fisk

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Pawtucket
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education & Special Education with a Minor in Coaching Clubs/Organizations: HBS mentors and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority
Hobbies: I love playing sports; I enjoy relaxing by going to the gym, and I love just hanging out with friends and just having a great time! Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Bridesmaids" and "Big Bang Theory" Advice to Freshmen: Don’t freak out about college. It may seem scary but I can guarantee that once you get here you’ll realize how friendly and helpful everyone is. Just enjoy your time here and be involved in any way that you can.
Life / Employment after RIC: After RIC I want become a preschool or kindergarten teacher. What I like best about RIC: I just love the good vibes that RIC sends out. Seeing how helpful and friendly people are makes me enjoy each moment that I’m here. How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was the right place for me based on my major, seeing as how it’s one of the top schools for teaching. The teaching program may be challenging and hard work here, but in the end I love it and there’s nothing else I would enjoy doing more.

Alyssa Santos

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Massachusetts City: South Dartmouth
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Radiologic Technology Clubs/Organizations: H.O.P.E.
Hobbies: Photography and cooking Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Sandlot" and "House" Advice to Freshmen: Get involved on campus, there are many resources and people that can help, you just need to not be afraid to ask.
Life / Employment after RIC: Somewhere in the medical field; hopefully in radiology. What I like best about RIC: The small community. How I knew RIC was right for me: They have a great program for my major and it is the right distance from home for me to have my own independence.

James Rowan Cook

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Warwick
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: B.A in Music Composition, B.A in Business Management, and a Minor in Jazz Studies Clubs/Organizations: RIC Chorus, Jazz Combos, 3.5 Honor Society!
Hobbies: Playing music, definitely practicing my guitar, watching movies, and eating tons of food! Favorite Movies/TV Shows: My Favorite Movie is "August Rush", and my Favorite TV Show is "Friends". Advice to Freshmen: Go to class, do your work, and enjoy learning. Don’t be afraid to stay around RIC so that you can become a part of all that it has to offer! Make friends, and most importantly have FUN!
Life / Employment after RIC: I plan on getting my Master’s Degree in Composition, and perform, and teach! What I like best about RIC: Rhode Island College provides an outstanding education, for an affordable cost. Plus it has so much to offer! How I knew RIC was right for me: All my favorite teachers came from RIC, and then I fell in love with the Music Program! From the moment I stepped on campus, till the moment I graduate, Rhode Island College will be considered my second Home.

Jessica Souza

North Providence
Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Secondary Education English with Middle Level Certification Clubs/Organizations: President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Member of Kappa Delta Pi.
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading, attending concerts Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Perks of Being a Wallflower", "Game of Thrones" and anything on the Food Network. Advice to Freshmen: Attend as many events as you possibly can!
Life / Employment after RIC: Teaching High School English locally. What I like best about RIC: It’s a small campus, but everyone is very friendly. How I knew RIC was right for me: Its great education program.

Kendra Smith

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Massachusetts City: Pembroke
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Business Management Clubs/Organizations: Delta Phi Epsilon & RIC Wind Ensemble
Hobbies: Dance, French Horn, Singing, Crafting Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Family Guy" Advice to Freshmen: Take Chances!

Life / Employment after RIC:
Hopefully working on Wall Street, but I’ll go wherever life takes me!

What I like best about RIC: I love the people at RIC! How I knew RIC was right for me: It wasn’t until my third month at Rhode Island College that I knew it was absolutely right for me. I had fallen in love with all of my classes and was amazed at how great the professors were. Most of all, I met my best friends through my sorority and Wind Ensemble. Meeting these people is what made me decide I belonged at RIC.

Katherine Fernandez

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Secondary Education Chemistry Clubs/Organizations: I am a part of my residence hall council and I am also a part of a Year of Service community service project with other students around the state. I also work at Learning for Life on campus.
Hobbies: Reading science fiction novels and watching YouTube videos.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Fosters", "Orphan Black", and "Divergent".

Advice to Freshmen: Enjoy it! You’ll only regret the chances you don’t take and there are many to take in college.
Life / Employment after RIC: I’m hoping to become a high school chemistry teacher. What I like best about RIC: I like how diverse the campus is. I feel like there is always something to do for everyone and their different interests. How I knew RIC was right for me: I felt like I fit right in when I moved in and went to my first day of classes.

Alyssa Chito

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Cumberland
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Nursing Clubs/Organizations: RSA, and ultimate Frisbee
Hobbies: Reading, outdoor activities, and baking. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Miracle" and "Grey's Anatomy" Advice to Freshmen: Get out and join some clubs. Fill your time with the things you love and you'll make awesome friends.
Life / Employment after RIC: Navy nurse then ultimately in pediatric oncology. What I like best about RIC: There are so many types of people that it's impossible not to find a place that you feel at home! How I knew RIC was right for me: I fell in love with the nursing program and the simulation laboratory.

Gabby McCauley

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Cranston
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Theatre Performance Major/Gender Studies Minor Clubs/Organizations: Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Hobbies: Acting, photography, watching movies, drawing, and baking Favorite Movies/TV Shows: My favorite movie is "10 Things I Hate About You" and my favorite TV shows are "Girls" and "Friends". Advice to Freshmen: College is a learning experience! Stay open-minded and remember to always forgive yourself.
Life / Employment after RIC: After RIC, I hope to move to California and pursue acting on film. What I like best about RIC: I love that RIC is a small college! It’s so easy to make friends here because you see a lot of familiar faces around campus. I also love that even in a small school, there are so many clubs and organizations to join! How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was right for me when I was flip-flopping between what I wanted to study. I didn’t feel pressured for not knowing exactly what I wanted to major in right away, which was really comforting, and I had so many majors to choose from! But when I did make my decision, RIC’s faculty was supportive and really helpful during the whole process.

Zakary Pereira

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: North Kingstown
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Double major in History/Political Science Clubs/Organizations: Sweet Hall Council/Resident Student Association/Political Science Club
Hobbies: Reading, Playing videogames, Swimming, Kayaking, Frisbee, hanging out with friends, and other social activities.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Game of Thrones", "The Following", "Avatar the Last Airbender", "Fraiser", "Scrubs", "Lord of the Rings" movies, "Star Wars IV and V", and just about any musical

Advice to Freshmen: Make sure to keep up to date on assignments, especially papers for those paper-heavy disciplines, and check your classes’ syllabi often. It is helpful to mark when papers/projects are due on a calendar in your room/dorm.
Life / Employment after RIC: As of right now, and it changes a lot, I would like to work for the United Nations, the US State Department or another International Non-Governmental Organization. I really want to help people around the world and also improve America’s image globally. I’m interested in learning about objective opinions of the United States and the west in general, a topic which I am heavily interested in and will be pursuing with my 2015 study abroad trip to Budapest, Hungary. What I like best about RIC: I cannot really pin this one down, because there are many things about RIC which I like, hence why I am returning as a junior. One thing I can say that I like about RIC is the diversity of its student population (I had a great experience meeting many different people from several interesting places!) and also its professors, who while giving good instruction, always have time to sit down with their students. How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC’s small size was one aspect that initially led me to consider RIC as a choice after high school. I never wanted to attend a large university because I enjoy campuses that are city-sized, which is why I enrolled at RIC and also why I have returned for my third year. I met many friends from across the country and am extremely excited to return in the fall and spend more time hanging out with them as well as seeing all of my old history and political science Profs!

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