Providence: A Little City Big in My Heart
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How did you decide what program to attend for physical therapy school?
Was it because of a personal experience? Or did you know someone who went there and loved it? Did you look at rankings?
For me, I first applied to all the in-state programs I wanted and the big names throughout the country. Then I thought about all the states I'd be up for living in, and considered applying to smaller programs within them.
Lo and behold, Rhode Island was on that list. I didn't know much about this state—well, except that it was the smallest state and that it snowed a lot.
I ended up attending the University of Rhode Island, a university located in a small state that now holds a big place in my heart.
Here are just a few reasons why I love the state of Rhode Island.
One of the first things you'll notice on your way to Providence is the Big Blue Bug. Originally built in 1980, this 58' long, 9' wide, and 4,000 pound construction is made of steel and covered with fiberglass. It was originally painted purple and as an exact replica of an eastern subterranean termite, but the sunlight soon faded it to blue. By the way, his name is Nibbles Woodaway. He's the well-known mascot for one of the pest control companies in the state.
With its quintessential New England architecture, Brown University was founded as a Baptist college in 1764, it was the third college in New England, and seventh in the country. Brown has a history of tolerance and acceptance, as they were the first university in the United States to accept students regardless of religious affiliation.
Roger Williams Park is 102 acres of land dedicated to the people of Rhode Island; this park is perfect for nature lovers. Every October there is something called the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular that I highly recommend you visit. Hundreds, if not thousands, of pumpkins are carved and placed throughout the park; it's a can't miss!
With more than 130 classic arcade games, Free Play Bar Arcade is home to games and local beer and whiskey. Take it from me, you won't regret paying Free Play a visit.
If you're a history buff and a fan of colonial architecture, Benefit Street is colonial New England. When you're walking down this street the houses and look are said to be like "stepping back in time."
Providence is a well-known port city. While in town, take a boat tour around the city with Providence River Boat Company.
Coffee – most people will point you to the nearest Dunkin', but if you want some authentic Rhode Island coffee check out Bolt Coffee, Coffee Exchange, and Dave's Coffee.
While you're in town for National Student Conclave (NSC), I hope that you can get around and see what our state has to offer, and hopefully you'll have time to see what makes this littlest state mean so much to me.
NSC is a conference for and by PT and PTA students. Join us October 11-13, 2018, for NSC in Providence, Rhode Island. NSC registration opens mid-July. Not sure what NSC is all about? Check-out highlights from NSC 2017.
Alex Dien, PT, DPT, is the 2017-2018 APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors Vice President. Connect with Alex on Twitter at: @alexander_dien.