Commencement 2014: URI senior on quest for clean water for those without it

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May graduate to enter Peace Corps, grad school

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 18, 2014 – When Maria Briones visited Guatemala with the University of Rhode Island student group Engineers for a Sustainable World, she was heartbroken by the difficult circumstances the poor residents faced due to a lack of clean water. It was a turning point in her life, an experience that convinced her to make the provision of clean water a career goal.


As she prepares to graduate from URI in May, Briones is ready to follow her calling, beginning with graduate school and a stint in the Peace Corps.


“That trip to Guatemala impacted me a lot personally, to see so many people who lack this basic human right: access to proper sanitation and clean water,” said Briones, who grew up in Cranston and Johnston. “I understand the technical side of the issue and the health-related aspect, and I know I can help these people on a personal level.”