Commencement 2015: WRIU program director found her voice at URI

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Graduating senior Sara Holland discovered radio, career path at campus broadcast station

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 23, 2015 — When Sara Holland’s best friend decided not to attend the University of Rhode Island, the Mahwah, N.J., native wasn’t sure if Kingston was the best place for her. It was far from home and she hadn’t yet decided where she wanted her career to take her.

Four years later, as she prepares to walk at commencement May 17, Holland wouldn’t change a thing.

“I’m excited to graduate, but it’s bittersweet. I found a home here at URI,” she said. “I can’t imagine what would have happened if I went elsewhere. I may not have found music and all the friends I met along the way.”

Indeed, it was a friend who sparked Holland’s interest in radio, as Jenna Scardino encouraged her to attend a WRIU meeting in the Memorial Union her freshman year. At the organizational meeting, Holland and Scardino were offered a three-hour afternoon slot on WRIU2, the station’s online streaming channel.