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Student pursuing graduate degree at URI pleased, impressed with program

By Allison Farrely
On February 26, 2013

A first year graduate student at the University of Rhode Island is more than happy with her decision to further her education at the University of Rhode Island.

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Kate Cassidy obtained her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree sociology and studio art - a double major. She is currently pursuing a degree in human development and family studies with a concentration in college student personnel here at URI. 

"I love the program," Cassidy said.  "I think the professors are wonderful, they really care about teaching us the material." 

Cassidy knew right after graduating with her bachelor's degrees that she wanted to continue her education. 

"Realistically, I'm someone who loves being in a classroom and I love going to class and...understanding student development a little better," Cassidy said.  "So for me it made sense to further my education."

So far, Cassidy has been thoroughly impressed with her program at URI.  "I think that the program here is really so incredible," Cassidy said.  "It offers so much support to students.  It really creates a family environment where I know I can trust and support all the people in my classes and receive the same support from the faculty."

Though she occasionally regrets coming straight to URI without taking a break in her academic track, when all is said and done, Cassidy knows she made the right decision.

 "I think that sometimes you should take a year off because It can be overwhelming working so much and going to school as well," Cassidy said.  "At the end of the day I'm happy with my decision which makes up for those long nights and tired days"

Contributing to Cassidy's long nights and tired days are her position as graduate assistant hall director on campus in Heathman Hall and her internship working in Student Contacts at Johnson and Wales University. 

"Working in the residence hall and doing the internship really keeps me pretty busy," Cassidy said.  "I have some free time on the weekends but I usually spend that doing homework." 

Cassidy is also currently training for her first half marathon that will take place in the spring, and is attempting to live up to the challenge she set herself. 

"I'm a letter writer," Cassidy said. "I've challenged myself to a year long campaign to of writing a letter every day to people I know."

Ultimately, Cassidy hopes to become a vice president of student affairs at an east-coast college. "I may come back here in the future," Cassidy said.  "I really love it here."

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