Student Survival Guide: Mix it up!

By LIZ LEE  |  September 25, 2013

WHEN: Usually the last Wednesday of every month

WHERE: Various locations throughout the state

COST: Free

INFO: pechakucha.org/cities/providence, facebook.com/PechaKuchaProvidence

STARTUP DRINKS/OPEN COFFEE

It’s not always easy to justify heading out to the bar on a Monday night, but it just got a little easier thanks to Founders League, a Providence-based networking group for startups, entrepreneurs, and students. For those of you who want to blaze your own trail in the professional world but aren’t sure how to implement your ideas, these weekly meetings are a great way to start. According to Founders League Project Manager Benjamin Goldstein, a typical meeting includes a healthy mix of entrepreneurs, professionals, and students sharing ideas in a casual setting. “Coming to Startup Drinks is a great chance for a student — or anyone for that matter — to meet, greet, and learn from all of the talent we’re lucky to share a city with,” says Goldstein. And if you’re under 21, not to worry — the group also holds Open Coffee meet-ups every other Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 am at Tazza, 250 Westminster St, Providence.

WHERE: The Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, Providence

WHEN: Every Monday, 8 pm

COST: Admission is free, drinks are not

INFO: foundersleague.co

PROVIDENCE DRINKING LIBERALLY

Remember how excited you were when Elizabeth Warren told the Senate committee that the minimum wage would be $22 an hour if it had it up with worker productivity? Remember how none of your friends seemed interested? This monthly meet-up is a way for you to share your enthusiasm with other left-leaning locals in a fun, informal environment. You don’t need to be a political expert to attend, and it’s a great opportunity to learn about the legendary — and often bizarre — history of Rhode Island politics. (If you don’t already know who Buddy Cianci is, you will by the end of the semester). Part of a national network of Drinking Liberally organizations that began in NYC in 2003, this group offers a way for those who think they may be politically inclined to test the democratic waters while sampling bipartisan beer.

WHEN: Fourth Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, Providence

COST: Admission is free, drinks are not

INFO: facebook.com/ProvidenceDrinkingLiberally

RHODY YOUNG REPUBLICANS

If your political interests fall on the other side of the aisle, check out one of the events held by Rhody Young Republicans, a group of self-described “entrepreneurs, union workers, parents, studly men, gorgeous women, and everyone you pretty much didn’t expect in between.” According to RYR chairwoman Barbara Ann Fenton, each monthly meet-up features a different political speaker, allowing students to get to know local politicians like Cranston Mayor Allan Fung or RI House Representative Patricia Morgan on a first name basis. RYR’s next event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, at Providence’s Vanity Lounge (566 South Main St), where RI Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist will discuss the future of public education.

WHEN: Monthly

WHERE: Various locations

COST: Usually free

INFO: rhodyyr.comfacebook.com/RhodyYoungRepublicans 
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