University of Rhode Island and its students featured in ‘The College Tour’ – URI News


KINGSTON, RI – November 1, 2021 – Ten University of Rhode Island students had a first-hand experience this summer learning what it takes to create a full-fledged television production. The program, “The College Tour,” by Emmy-nominated producers Alex Boylan, Lisa Hennessy and Burton Roberts, gives prospective students the opportunity to virtually “tour” select colleges and universities across the country to get the point of view. from an insider shared by their students. , professors and former students. URI is one of nine schools to feature in the second season of the series. The URI episode of “The College Tour” will air on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premier streaming platform, on November 18. It is also available now on the URI website.

The show is the brainchild of host and executive producer Boylan who drew on his niece’s academic research.

Joel Roache filming outside Hillside Hall.

“University visits can cost up to $ 3,000 per school, which puts them out of reach for many students and families. We’re leveling the playing field and providing a free, easy and fun way to visit some of the best schools in the country, ”Boylan said. “The college visit is the spectacle you wished you had when applying to college in high school. “

This sentiment was echoed by Sarah O’Sullivan, a 2021 URI Marine Biology graduate from Hopatcong, New Jersey, who, thanks to the many experiences and opportunities presented to her throughout her undergraduate career, returned to pursue her Masters. O’Sullivan, who spent three years as a URI campus tour guide and was one of the students followed for the show, explained, “I think the show did a really good job of showing what you don’t. can not show on a tour. For example, you can’t take visitors on a boat on a campus tour – and we did in this show.

She added, “There are so many resources and programs at URI that people might not be familiar with or be able to show off adequately on a tour, but we were able to show it as part of the program. “

“The College Tour” visits 10 URI students from diverse backgrounds who share their academic and social experiences. Students talk about teachers and mentors who have made a difference; get involved in student clubs, sports and campus organizations; meet new people and make new friends; and explore all that Rhode Island has to offer. They explain how the opportunities presented to them – getting involved in research, internships, volunteering and studying abroad – inspired them and sparked new interests and avenues. Mostly, they talk about how they were supported, found their people, and made URIs a home away from home.

Joel Roache, mechanical engineering graduate from Warwick, was initially hesitant to attend URI because, as a public school, he was worried about meeting new people. He quickly realized that this would not be the case.

“After the first semester, I realized it didn’t even matter,” Roache said. “It was awesome. I have met so many people – and not just in my major. There are so many opportunities to get involved in sports and clubs and meet new people. There is so much to do and there are so many ways to challenge yourself and learn new things. You will find your niche.

Some of the students featured in the University of Rhode Island episode of “The College Tour” include:

Sarah O’Sullivan (Hopatcong, New Jersey)

After graduating from the URI Marine Biology program in 2021, O’Sullivan returned to pursue a Masters in Environmental Science and Management on an environmental communication path and one day hopes to become an environmental educator. She believes education and public awareness are among the most important things we can do to protect our oceans and give the public a better understanding of marine life.

Joel roache (Warwick, Rhode Island)

A mechanical engineering graduate, Roache left Jamaica for the United States at the age of four. He is involved on campus as the president of the National Society of Black Engineers, as a resident assistant, and also holds a leadership position as a family coordinator for the URI orientation team. Roche, who has already found a job after graduation, likes to stay active by playing sports or spending time with his friends. He is also a photography enthusiast.

Kate dubois (North Smithfield, Rhode Island)

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Rhode Island, Dubois is a senior student in international diplomacy and studying in the Chinese flagship program. As a Boren and Gilman Scholar, she is studying abroad for the year in Taipei, Taiwan. Dubois has served as Secretary and MUSIC Liaison Officer for the Asian URI Student Association, President of the URI Section of Amnesty International, and Resident Academic Mentor (RAM) for the Chinese Flagship Program.

Brian martin (Gloucester, Rhode Island)

As a senior with a dual specialization in secondary education and history, Martin is passionate about educational reform and believes in the importance of providing equal opportunities to all students. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Martin enjoys spending his free time exploring Providence and South County, as well as saving money and listening to music.

Alana parrott (Webster, Massachusetts)

Parrott is a theater major who, in her final year, worked on producing the ARE Archives (Access, Performance, and Exhibition) to document black playwrights and maintain her mission of making black history, American history. through receipt of a URI research grant. Last year, she starred in the spring 2021 URI production of Miss Nelson is missing. She also writes poetry and enjoys speaking.

Adam blakemore (North Smithfield, Rhode Island)

Blakemore comes from a long line of URI alumni, but upon coming to URI he found his own way through clubs and organizations including as a tour guide and head of the URI guidance, and as a member of the Greek community. Blakemore is a senior specialist in supply chain management.

Emma Dallaire (Santa Clarita, California)

Originally from California, Dallaire Sr. continued her education at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Health Sciences with the goal of becoming a medical assistant. In addition to being a member of the URI Ramettes dance team which sparked the school spirit and support for URI sports teams for three years, she was also responsible for the direction of the URI and traveled to Laredo, TX in her sophomore year as part of an alternate service trip for spring break.

Sonika tahiliani (Dubai)

An international student from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tahiliani is pursuing her doctoral studies in pharmacy as part of URI’s six-year program. Since arriving on the Kingston campus, she has strived to help and support freshmen in their transition from high school to college. She has been a Resident Academic Mentor for the Pharmacy Living Learning Community, President of the Pharmacy Leadership Society, Lambda Kappa Sigma Fellow, URI 101 Mentor, and URI Tour Guide.

Peyton thiel (Meriden, Connecticut)

Theil, a data science student, was involved with the URI’s Leadership Institute prior to his arrival as a freshman in 2019. The experience inspired him to give back both on campus and in outside. In addition to serving as the URI Orientation Officer, Thiel joined the URI Rotaract Club, a service organization, and also traveled to New Orleans as part of a trip to alternative service for spring break. Now a junior, Thiel has come full circle and serves as a peer leader with the Leadership Institute, mentoring incoming students.

Jasmine leal (Billerica, Massachusetts)

Leal is a former URI alumnus, graduating in Chemical Engineering in 2019. As a first generation Latin American student, she first faced some uncertainty during the transition to college. With the support and reassurance of professors, mentors and the student community, Leal was able to combine his love of engineering with fashion and is now living his dream by working for a luxury fashion company.

The second season of “The College Tour” is available now via the College visit website and mobile app.


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