The Last Hurrah! A Bucket List for NYIT Graduates

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The time has come; you’re graduating. All the grueling nights of writing term papers, cramming for exams and balancing between school and work has finally paid off. One of the most remarkable achievements in life has been accomplished. This signifies the closing of one chapter and embarking on a brand new journey. Then you realize, “I’m not ready for the real world.” Once you graduate you’re on your way to begin your career. So graduates ask yourselves what would be your “Bucket list” this summer? A list of things you wish to do before you head off to join the work force? Is it signing up for the Peace Core, backpacking through Europe or going on a safari. Your Last Chance of being a college student what do you want to do?

Dima Nimri, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science wishes to, “Go on a road trip all around the United States and camp in the desert in Bahrain (an island in the Middle East).”Thulani Ngazimbi who was named the Commencement Student Speaker is graduating with a Masters in Energy Management has a goal as well. “ I want to drive down the entire pacific coast highway, visit an expansive Native American reservation,visit Charleston, New Orleans, Nashville (especially Austin), Paris (live on a budget) and Aix En Provence (not live on a budget). I also want to learn how to speak Danish and Spanish, drive across America (again), meet more Americans, photograph them transcontinetally and put them on my blog, thekewrayter.blogspot.com and drive at speeds that far exceeds the legal limits in a legal setting.”

Shanice Doyle, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering said, “This summer, during the entire month of June. I will be in New Orleans at NSBE’s (National Society of Black Engineers) Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) where I would be serving as the Assistant Site Director. Secondly I’d like to go back home to Trinidad and Tobago to spend time with my friends and family and also be a part of another program that is very close to my heart the NIHERST Caribbean Youth Science Forum where I will spend one week supervising and mentoring pre-collegiate level STEM major students from all over Caribbean as they come together at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.”

Michael Harris, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering will be, “Traveling to different cities within a few hours of NYC every other weekend just to get out of town for a few days. Spend a lot of time at the gym working off the last few years in college. Take a refresher course on my NYS Bartender’s Certification, start taking martial art classes again (Krav Maga or kickboxing), get my first tattoo done and finally finish decorating my room in my apartment (been living there for almost a year).”

Cindy Gue, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentration in Health, Behavioral and Political Science said, “I’m going to Oakland, California to serve as External Relations Coordinator in the NSBE’s SEEK Academy. I might be going to Haiti to coordinate a SEEK Academy at an orphanage called the Center of Hope. Find an investor to kick start my business. I’m starting a business venture, an education reform center that develops curriculum to enhance play and exploration in STEM concepts, specific to schools in Haiti, grades K-12.

Graduating from college is a major milestone. So what’s next for you after college? What does the future hold? Some students see college as a major goal, when in reality it is simply a stepping stone to other future life achievements. Part of the adventure is really figuring out who you are and what you value. It’s a mind-boggling experience that is full of ups and downs, trials and tribulations and unexpected surprises are the results of great triumph.

 

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