What will you achieve this semester and beyond?

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 12, 2016 – With the fall 2015 semester already in the books, University of Rhode Island students are now in their final classes of the academic year. While some students will be trying to maintain their academic success from the previous semester, seniors will be looking for that first job or admission to graduate school as they graduate in May.


The URI Marketing and Communication department asked a few students what their spring semester goals are.


When we asked senior Jahlil Gonzalves what his semester goals are now and after he graduates, he said, “When I think of graduation, I get excited and nervous at the same time. I will try and keep my focus on the semester at hand, but always in the back of my mind thinking about what will await me in the future, I plan on maintaining my 3.2 GPA as well as continue my daily gym routine,” said the psychology major.


Senior Carly Schwanter is a health studies major with aspirations to work for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “After graduation, I want to work in health administration. My dream location would be at the Dana-Farber research center in Boston, because I would love to help people in need,” said Schwanter. Bringing my GPA up to a 3.3 would help my chances of getting in there.”


At URI, the Bachelor of Science in physics and physical oceanography degree is unique in the entire United States. It is jointly offered by the physics department and the Graduate School of Oceanography, and sophomore Carlos Vasquez wants to make the most of it. “I find myself always listening in class, rather than participating. I want to become more active in the classroom. I also want to ask more questions, because sometimes I am nervous to speak out,” he said.


Sophomore pharmacy student Andy Ok has maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout his time at URI. “I have had over a 3.5 from my freshman year of high school, and I plan on continuing that throughout college,” Ok said. Andy has his eyes on landing a pharmacy position with CVS Health and would like to work for Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies in the future.


Providence native, and sophomore Liselenny Perez balances working two jobs as well as a full-time class load. “I work two jobs to pay for my books and travel. My parents don’t have a lot of money to offer me, and I have always been very independent. Maintaining my GPA and continuing my work will be a challenge this semester, but I am confident that I will manage them both,” the nursing major said.


Sophomore Kharaan Woods is a kinesiology major. “I want to work on my public speaking. Communication is the number one skill employers look for, and I feel that I need to get better at that. Owning my physical therapy practice one day is my ultimate goal, and I will need to market my business with those communication skills.”


Dominick LaFerrera, an intern in the department of marketing and communications and a communication studies major, wrote this release.