Providence College

February 20, 2008 at 9:19 am 8 comments


Providence is a city many people seem to forget about. When I tell people I go to Providence College, they ask me where it is.  They don’t realize it’s in the capital of Rhode Island; that’s most likely because, in my mind, Rhode Island shouldn’t even be considered a state.  But I’m not saying Massachusetts should take it over either, I don’t want to be lumped in with that.  Rhode has the worst drivers in the nation, as researched by GMAC Insurance.  Although to be fair, MA isn’t much better.  I wanted to start a series of posts about Providence, since a lot of readers know very little about the city.  Let’s start first with my school, PC.

You can look it up on Urban Dictionary, and most of what you read is true.  Our school’s student body is known to be rich white kids who dress like they just walked out of an Abercrombie or Polo ad (think prep school).  And although this is true about some, I know a lot of people who are different in terms of social class, but the white is pretty dominant and hard not to see.  Despite this shocking account,  our school is actually located in the ghetto of Providence.  In our section of the ghetto a 7/11 is run by a policeman, houses are constantly broken into, and mugging is a common occurrence (once a little woman robbed 7 people). 

One good thing about school is you’re surrounded by people just like you; the bad thing is that you’re surrounded by people just like you.  Everyone is so nice and polite that just discussion on a blog is difficult.  Many people have told me what they think of my posts, but they rarely comment because they’re afraid to offend me.  NEWS ALERT: It’s okay just post it up.  It might be “politically incorrect” to say, but if you see a black guy, he’s probably on the basketball team.  We have very little diversity in our study body; so to increase this, our school recently got rid of the requirement for SAT scores.  And just because we’re a catholic school, doesn’t mean we don’t drink.  Your fake id is used more than your student id, and there are plenty of close bars to crash (Louie’s, Brads, Olds, Clubbies, McPhails, McFaddens, Fish Co., etc.)  And unlike most schools, we have no frats or sororities.  We still have house parties, such as Ridiculous Fest, which is always held on the last day of classes and starts promptly in the morning.  Drinking is also a major contributor to our Civ Scream.  Civ Scream is meant to release the frustration for studying for Development of Western Civilization exams, which are only for freshmen and sophomores, but the event is really more for the upperclassmen.  It’s excuse to get drunk and streak, or jump on a pogo stick

We have some semi famous notable alumni, but the most meaningful to me is John O’Hurley, who was best known as Elaine’s boss on Seinfeld.  If you read this blog, you’ll understand.

So now you know where I’m coming from, unlike all you DC bloggers.


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  • 1. trking  |  February 20, 2008 at 11:15 am

    While i applaud you wanting to get the word out about Providence, you make assumptions about the city that are wholly unwarranted. Providence is a bit too small to have what city dwellers would call a “ghetto.” But the Smith Hill neighborhood is far from the most run-down area in Providence. Get off your white island! You might be surprised.

  • 2. T.  |  February 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    As a urban, hip-hop loving black guy from New York, one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t ever spend a year or two at a school like what you describe. I think it would have been a cool learning experience. People always talk diversity in terms of exposing white middle class and rich kids to the poor and minorities, but people rarely talk about the reverse form of diversity, exposing minorities to rich, white people. Especially since we have to learn to mix and compete among them once we hit the real world.

  • 3. dchero  |  February 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    1. Why have I never been invited to Ridiculous Fest?
    2. Elaine’s boss was/still is incredible. A true thespian.
    3. Maybe the people who are afraid to post up comments are just afraid because they’re losers. After all, they are friends with you.
    4. A virtual tour of Providence wouldn’t be complete without a bio of Buddy Cianci. I’m just saying.

  • 4. Ava V  |  February 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    yes you’re right it’s not harlem, but its far different than where i come from. in my high school diversity was the one jewish kid. i’m just saying iliving here has exposed me to a lot.

    dc hero,
    you’re always invited to ridiculous fest, and since you have no classes to coordinate it around, you should come. don’t call my friends losers they’re better than some of your friends. and finally i’ll cover buddy in an upcoming post.

  • 5. alan dannelly  |  May 15, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    does anyone know the whereabouts of fr. robert (bob) haller who used to teach at PC.

    you led me to the Lord coming back from Columbus. Now, 15 years later, i’m off to a monastery!

    please email me, don’t bother to post here, I won’t see it.

  • 6. pamela =]  |  July 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    i want to go to college in Rhode Island,but im not sure which college is good.would you recommend this college?

  • 7. Ava V  |  July 7, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    If you really want to go to school in RI then yes, but I would still explore other options. Any more questions, email me at

  • 8. Jordan  |  September 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    wow. i live right near PC, and it’s not all that ghetto. true, PC is near Chad or the projects, but those ppl rarely go near PC.
    I was thinking about going to PC, but you just reminded of how non-diverse that place really is. i remember one time when i asked a student there where the library was and she was a bit rude. she also looked like a typical college prep girl, but she’s probably bored with her life. LOL.
    wow you kids sure do party! what are you guys doing for All Hallows Eve?
    oh right, uh…what was i commenting on? yeah, PC is like just there. the neighborhood is nice though 🙂

    i kinda wrote this post when i was pretty upset and stressed over post-graduation stuff, but in reality i probably would go there again. i think i would just expand my college search to include things that at the time i didn’t think were imiportant.


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