Undergraduate Stories

The RWU student experience is packed with hands-on projects, real-world opportunities, unique program offerings, personalized interactions with faculty, and much more. All of it meant to help students discover their passions while preparing for a successful career and a fulfilling life. Our students are independent thinkers, scholars, leaders, scientists, architects, artists, researchers, world travelers, athletes, and more.

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  • Kelsey Harrington

    Cultivating Lasting Connections

    Kelsey Harrington, RWU Class of 2016, 2018M

    Psychology + Criminal Justice

    Sometimes your professors know you better than you know yourself. Take Kelsey Harrington ’16, ’18M for example.

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    The True Impact of Community Partnership

    Jamie Valway, RWU Class of 2017


    RWU Alum and current Architecture Graduate student Jamie Valway has worked with the Community Partnerships Center throughout her entire RWU career. This experience has not only been personally fulfilling, but also prepared her for a job in her field.

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    Lessons in "Winging It"

    Carolyn Westgate, RWU Class of 2019

    Secondary Education

    An education student discovers the value of "learning by doing" in her job as director of Camp Wetu.

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    From Research Scientist to App Developer

    Gabrielle Baillargeon, RWU Class of 2020

    Marine Biology

    Ever since forging an original research project her freshman year, Gabrielle Baillargeon continues to surf a tidal wave of success.

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    Making History Fun at Plimoth Plantation

    Danny Perkins, RWU Class of 2019


    In the summer after his junior year, Danny Perkins discovered and explored his own teaching style as a museum education intern at Plimoth Plantation. The experience gave him the confidence he needed to see himself as a skilled educator.

  • Erin Lyons

    Combining Passions With a Double Major

    Erin Lyons, RWU Class of 2016

    Communication & Media Studies + Dance/Performance

    When double majoring in different academic areas, finding two that complement one another is easier than you might think. Take Erin Lyons ’16, for example. The Lynbrook, N.Y., resident has been combining her passions for dance and travel, thanks to her double major, in a way she never would have imagined before coming to Roger Williams University.

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    The Right Internship

    Juliet Hulme, RWU Class of 2019

    Public Relations

    Senior public relations major, Juliet Hulme knew that landing the right internship wasn’t going to be easy. And while she had the necessary skills to succeed in a PR position, she needed a strong resume and cover letter to stand out against other candidates. This is where having RWU’s Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) as a resource made all the difference.

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    A Different Kind of Educator

    Clarice Contente, RWU Class of 2019

    Educational Studies

    A degree in educational studies is quickly becoming recognized as a degree that opens doors to a wide variety of rewarding education-based careers outside of the classroom. It's why, for example, Clarice Contente - who hopes to start a career as a pediatric health care professional - chose it as her major.

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    At the Forefront of American Politics

    Kaylee Pugliese, RWU Class of 2019


    As she enters her final year at Roger Williams University, Kaylee Pugliese could not think of a better way to round out her journalism experience than being at the forefront of American politics.