Katcy Stephan ’16, student intern, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Katcy is from San Jose, California, and is currently studying English and theatre arts. Her favorite food is chicken nuggets, and her hero is Mulan. Katcy is involved in Admission Ambassadors and the PC Leadership Fellows program. She is looking forward to serving as an Orientation Leader for a second time this fall!
Dear Class of 2018,
I hope you’re all counting down the days to Orientation the same way I am! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things at PC (a.k.a the greatest place in the world). Looking back to my own freshman year, I remember all the jitters I had before moving in. Being nervous is absolutely okay! I was absolutely terrified of the Freshman 15! However, once I got to PC, I realized that it was a total myth, and I had nothing to be worried about! So, I thought I would provide you with a Freshman 15 of my own—15 things to get excited about for your freshman year at PC!
1) The City of Providence
The RIPTA bus is free for all PC students, and it drops you off downtown, near Providence Place Mall and Westminster Street! Another favorite spot is Thayer Street by Brown University, full of eclectic shops and restaurants.
2) Traditional Dorms
At PC, your dorm becomes a kind of family. Every night is like a giant sleepover. The best part? Even if you get in a fight about which delivery pizza place is the best, you know someone will always be there to order pizza with you at midnight.
3) PC Sports
Grabbing some friends and watching the Friars win a hockey game is a great way to meet people and feel really proud of your school! If basketball is more your speed, it’s always fun to head to the Dunk to cheer on our Big East champs!
4) Food. Lots of Food.
Between fro-yo in Ray, flatbread pizzas at Sandella’s, the pub menu at McPhail’s, and sushi in Alumni, you’ll barely know where to begin with all the delicious treats on campus!
5) Concannon Fitness Center
Open every day with top-of-the-line equipment, Concannon makes it easy to stay healthy. With TVs atop most machines, working out can become really fun!
6) Fun Classes
Before PC, I didn’t know how much I could enjoy taking classes. PC gives you the freedom to take classes that really interest you in a wide variety of subjects, with meaningful assignments instead of busywork. Civ also serves as a real bonding experience for your class (studying in groups is a great way to cover a lot of material).
7) Last Chance Mass at St. Dominic Chapel
Every Sunday night at 10:30PM, the Chapel is packed with students for Last Chance Mass. The lights are dimmed and acoustic music is played, making it a relaxing way to end one week and start the next. After Mass, you can get free food and catch up with friends in the Chapel’s lower level for “Post-Mass Bash”.
8) Coffee. Everywhere.
If you need a daily caffeine fix like I do, PC is definitely the place for you. On campus, you can enjoy coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts in Slavin, at the Ruane Café, or Sandella’s. Down the street at the Smith Hill Annex, Common Grounds Café serves up coffee and breakfast sandwiches!
9) Getting Involved
As a whole, PC students are not shy about getting involved. There are so many clubs and organizations on campus, so there’s something for everyone! Getting involved is a great way to meet other students with similar interests.
10) Professors that Care
PC’s professors make a real effort to actually get to know their students. They encourage students to come to their office hours, either to get help on assignments, or just to chat!
11) Social Programming
There is never a shortage of activities on campus. Some traditions include Late Night Breakfast, the Spring Concert, Cheesefest, Late Night Madness, and Clam Jam, just to name a few!
It’s scary to be on your own for the first time, but PC is such a supportive environment that you’ll be able to make the transition in no time! It’s amazing to realize that you are in charge of your own decisions—just don’t forget to call your parents every now and then!
13) The Dominican Friars
They are amazing sources of spiritual guidance, but they are also great friends and mentors. Before PC, I never would have thought that I would be playing videogames and talking about my favorite TV shows with priests. They aren’t distant figures—they are an essential part of the school, just like the students.
Orientation is your time to make PC your own, and to bond with your classmates. Your days will be packed with fun activities planned by everyone in the S.A.I.L. office. We can’t wait to help you experience PC for the first time!
15) Being part of the Friar Family
Hands down, the most special thing about PC is the community. It’s impossible to walk across campus without seeing dozens of friendly faces. PC students are more than just classmates—they’re family.
Get excited! See you all in a couple of weeks!