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

Alicia Gutauskas

Title: Head Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Johnston
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Youth Development / Behavioral Neuroscience Clubs/Organizations: Softball, Women of Color
Hobbies: Sports, hair and nail design, drawing Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Billy Madison", "Matilda", "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Chopped" on Food Network Advice to Freshmen: Although entering college may seem intimidating, it is a fresh start to a new chapter in your life! Make the most of it and leave room for your own opinions. Your positive attitude and individual experiences are what shape your entire higher educational journey, not only academically, but in all aspects. Now is the time to break out of your shell, meet new people, and most importantly, don't forget to have fun!
Life / Employment after RIC: Opening a nonprofit teen center in an underpriviledged community What I like best about RIC: RIC isn't overwhelmingly large and still manages to provide students with countless opportunities to become involved and meet new people no matter what your interests are How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC is well known for their education programs, which was my initial plan, but now has introduced a brand new Youth Development major and has been the perfect change for me.

Christopher Margadonna

Title: Graduate Aid State: Rhode Island City: Warwick
Year in School: Graduate Major/Minor: English / Theatre Clubs/Organizations: English Educators Network, Ballroom Dance, Anchor Newspaper
Hobbies: Singing and Musical Theatre Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "American Beauty", "The Blind Side", "Camp", "Mulan", "Project Runway", "Glee", "Survivor" and "Rupaul's Drag Race". Advice to Freshmen: As a graduate of Rhode Island College, my advice to freshmen would be don't be afraid to be yourself. You will be more successful socially and academically if you follow your own instincts.
Life / Employment after RIC: My dream job is to work in a college as a Dean or academic advisor. I would also like to be a drama director for a school What I like best about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the small class size and the caring faculty and staff. How I knew RIC was right for me: I had heard a lot of positive things about Rhode Island College before I came here and once I was accepted, I knew RIC was the right place for me. I was able to become successful through my experiences here that will help me in my future endeavors.

Jessica Aspeel

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: North Providence
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Middle & Secondary Education in English, Theatre minor Clubs/Organizations: Middle Level Advisory Board
Hobbies: Musical theatre and reading Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Disney movies, especially "Beauty and the Beast". Advice to Freshmen: Get to know your classmates, your professors, and yourself!
Life / Employment after RIC: Middle or high school teacher. What I like best about RIC: The tight-knit communities that form within each of the majors. My favorite things about RIC are the endless amount of organizations students can get involved in and the fact that if we don't already have an organization that you're interested in it's so simple to create your own. How I knew RIC was right for me: Its reputation for having an excellent teacher education program. I knew RIC was the right place for me because of the passion I saw from the students and the professors in my major at the open house. When you are willing and get involved and invest yourself at RIC you see so much passion from the students, faculty, and the professors in all areas.

Alyssa Chito

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Cumberland
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Nursing Clubs/Organizations: Student Community Government, Student Parliament, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Resident Student Associates
Hobbies: Sports, reading, and outdoor activities Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Miracle", "The Lion King" and "Freedom Writers" Advice to Freshmen: Get involved in as much as you can to meet new people with similar interests, and don't worry, everyone else is trying to meet new people too!
Life / Employment after RIC: Trauma or surgical nurse in a major hospital.    

Megan Fisk

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Pawtucket
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education Clubs/Organizations: President of F.E.E.T. (Future Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers) and treasurer of Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) sorority.
Hobbies: I love playing and watching sports, hanging out with friends and being adventurous. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Pitch Perfect", "Stick It" and "Perks of a Wallflower"; Favorite show: "Pretty Little Liars". Advice to Freshmen: Don't be nervous. Everyone is super friendly and willing to help you!
Life / Employment after RIC: Become a Pre-school or Kindergarten teacher What I like best about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the amount of clubs and organizations that you can join to meet people. How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was the right place for me after going on a tour and seeing that they are one of the best schools for education majors.

Jarell Forbes

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Justice Studies with a dual major in Sociology Clubs/Organizations: RIC Track & Field Team
Hobbies: Read and/or play Sudoku in my spare time. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "X-Men", the Transporter and Mission Impossible series, but overall, The Last Samurai. Shows: "Charmed" (compliments of my older brother). Advice to Freshmen: Manage time wisely, but above all enjoy yourself!
Life / Employment after RIC: To become a Police Officer or Juvenile Probation Officer What I like best about RIC: My favorite thing here at RIC is the diversity, so many different people to like and become acquainted with. I also like how knowledgeable the professors are. How I knew RIC was right for me: I didn't think, at first, that RIC was for me, but I gave it a shot! Two years down and two to go!

Hilary Genereaux

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Massachusetts City: Dartmouth
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Elementary Education - Special Education Clubs/Organizations:
Hobbies: Volleyball Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Horror movies and "Sons of Anarchy". Advice to Freshmen: Have a lot of fun, but work hard and make every year count!
Life / Employment after RIC: Elementary school teacher in the public schools What I like best about RIC: How friendly everyone is. How I knew RIC was right for me: I heard many great things about RIC and they had the perfect program here for me.

Carolina Lorenzo

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: New York City: Bronx State
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: International Business Management and Marketing Clubs/Organizations: Women of Color (Treasurer)
Hobbies: I've learned how to do my nails at the age of ten and I've been doing it ever since. I also like to draw and paint. I also like to sew from time to time. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Cruel Intentions" and "Pretty Little Liars". Advice to Freshmen: Join clubs and organizations on campus and get involved in as many activities as you can. It's the best way to make friends and meet new people on campus.

Life / Employment after RIC:
After graduating college, I continue to aspire to get my cosmotology license.

What I like best about RIC: I like that it's a small campus and the classes are not huge lecture halls. How I knew RIC was right for me: After visiting URI campus then coming to the RIC campus I realized I'd rather be in a smaller school. RIC is also not that far of a walk from my house so whenever I get home sick I walk home.

Hector Nunez

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Biology Clubs/Organizations: Programming, Adams Library
Hobbies: Music, video games, traveling, cooking

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Colbert Report", "Workaholics", "30 Rock", "Jersey Shore" and "American Dad".

Advice to Freshmen: Meet as many people as you can, don't limit your acquaintances or friendship and remember to always be open minded, flexible, and friendly.
Life / Employment after RIC: Exploring different opportunities. What I like best about RIC: It's a small campus and it really feels like there is a community within the students. How I knew RIC was right for me: When I was a high school senior and staff from RIC took time out of their day to talk and meet with me. I didn't feel like just a number or a new student, I felt like they genuinely wanted me to attend RIC and succeed.

Zakary Pereira

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: North Kingstown
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Double major in History / Political Science Clubs/Organizations: Sweet Hall Council / Resident Student Association
Hobbies: Reading, playing video games, swimming, hiking, frisbee, hanging out with my friends, and other social activities. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Avatar the Last Airbender", "Fraiser", "Scrubs", "The Lord of the Rings", "Star Wars" IV and V and just about any musical. Advice to Freshmen: This isn't high school; if you don't study you will fail. Also, 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 paper's/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. 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 sophomore. One thing I can say that I like about RIC is its diversity throughout 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 get to 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 am not overly fond of big populations of people and campuses that are city-sized, which is why I enrolled at RIC and also why I have returned for another year. I met many friends from across the country and am extremely excited to return int he fall and spend more time hanging out with them as well as seeing all of my old history and political science professors!

Brittany Pysczynski

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: Pascoag
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Elementary Education - Mathematics; Middle School Endorsement; minor in Theatre Clubs/Organizations: Resident Assistant, National Residence Hall Honorary (President), Resident Student Association, and works in the Café and in the Sherlock Center.
Hobbies: Dance, Music, Reading, hanging out with my friends and family Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "Little Miss Sunshine", "The Ron Clark Story", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Dance Moms" Advice to Freshmen: Get involved. Find something you love and do it!
Life / Employment after RIC: Become a Pre-school or kindergarten teacher What I like best about RIC: My job as a resident assistant. I've met so many amazing people and have been able to experience many wonderful new things. How I knew RIC was right for me: After about my first week here I knew it was right. The people, the environment, the activities, and so much more make this campus home to me. I feel like I belong, and that I know what I'm doing and will be ready for wherever I am going in life.

Jessica Souza

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Rhode Island City: North Providence
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Secondary Education - English Clubs/Organizations: Honors Program
Hobbies: Running, shopping, going to concerts and hanging out with my friends.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "How I Met Your Mother", "Two Broke Girls" and anything on Food Network.

Advice to Freshmen: My advice is to go to as many events as you can and do what it takes to make you happy!
Life / Employment after RIC: Teaching English to high school students somewhere close to home. What I like best about RIC: There's always something going on! How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was right for me because of the amazing education program and how friendly everyone is on campus.

Anthony Vega

Title: Student Peer Counselor State: Connecticut City: Hartford
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Mass Media Clubs/Organizations: Theatre Organization, Hall Council and the Communication Club
Hobbies: Swimming, watching entertaining news, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: "The Great Gatsby", "30 Rock", "I Love Lucy", "Top Hat", "The Apprentice" and "The Three Stooges". Advice to Freshmen: Study hard and meet new people.
Life / Employment after RIC: Work for E! News, Access Hollywood, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight or CNN. What I like best about RIC: The Social Events How I knew RIC was right for me: When I saw that RIC was extremely affordable compared to the other colleges I applied to.

Our Orientation Faculty Advisors and Student Staff Welcome you to Orientation 2013!

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