School/Life Balance

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Being a college student, at any age, is a challenge, however, at Rhode Island College we provide countless resources to help you navigate your undergraduate or graduate experience while also balancing family, jobs, and one's health.

Impacting Your Academics

Not finding the right balance between your academics and other outside responsibilities can take its toll on your physical and mental health. We know at Rhode Island College many of our students wear multiple hats - you are students, parents, friends, workers and more. We want our students to work towards success by completing your degree without having to make sacrifices. 

Mental Health & Stress Management 

Finding balance with life and school can be extremely stressful. We encourage all of our students to utilize resources such as the Counseling Center, Health Services and the Recreation Center to assist with reducing stress and finding balance for your physical and mental health.  

Managing Your Time 

  • Plan ahead and set a schedule 
  • Make to-do lists
  • Prioritize deadlines for your classroom work 
  • Set goals and deadlines for yourself 
  • Be aware of your own personal limits - it is okay to take a break!
  • Ask for help

Time Management Skills

Adopting new time management skills is difficult to do, especially for those that haven't found what works best for them. We encourage our students to connect with the Career Development Center, to assist in building your time management skill set, organization, and setting your own path to graduation. 

Student-Parent Resources 

Rhode Island College can connect student-parents with child care opportunities to utilize to help the transition while in the classroom. 

Cooperative Preschool

  • BrightStars - helping families in Rhode Island access quality child care, early learning and school-age programs
  • April Vacation Adventures - activities offered for children of RIC students to enjoy while their parents are on campus attending class or studying during the K-12 April vacation week. The program is FREE for school-aged children who are toilet trained
  • Student Parent Association - an on campus advocate providing resources and programming to fellow student-parents

Lactation Rooms

Private spaces are available to breastfeed or pump throughout campus.

  • Health Services, Browne Hall
  • Gender and Women's Studies, Adams Library 1B
  • School of Nursing, Fogarty Life Science Building 
  • School of Social Work, Guardo Hall 
  • Women's Center, Lower Level Donovan Dining Center 

More parent resources are available through the Unity Center

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