Freshman 101: Surviving the First Year

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Welcome Freshmen; you’ve made a wise choice. We know your excited and anxious and may have some questions that you’re afraid to ask. Well don’t worry we’ve all been there; adjusting to a new environment, new people and new rules is a bit frustrating. Just remember that New York Institute of Technology is here to guide you along the way. The Campus Slate interviewed some of NYIT officials, administrators and students for some words of encouragement and advice to help you succeed.

STARTING OUT

Amanda Press, Associate Director of Admissions, Gerry House (516-686-1354)

“Within the first few weeks at NYIT students should meet with their Student Solutions counselor and visit Career Services. Students should take advantage of new student welcome events so they are able to explore all clubs and organizations NYIT has to offer. When students make their schedule they should first look at the amount of credits they are taking. Also taking into account the days and times of their classes is necessary that way they are able to balance academics while participating in clubs, on campus jobs, sports, etc.”

SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYTHING

William Wall, Student Solution Manger, Harry J. Schure Hall (516-686-7878)

“Instead of having to deal with 3 or 4 separate departments and standing in multiple lines, you can simply approach your counselor and have them address the issue. Much more personal and less aggravating. This is especially true with new students as there are so many factors. It’s convenient to have a single person to go to that has the ability to address all your questions and concerns. We are also available via walk-ins, email, phone and each counselor has a Skype account with webcam at their desktops to assist students who are home or out of state.”

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE

Nada Marie Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Harry J. Schure Hall (516-686-7931)

“What I expect from the engineering students is to become critical thinkers, to think outside of the box and to be engaged in the NYIT community through the multiple clubs available to them. My advice to them is to ask for help whenever they need it. They can ask professors questions anytime in person or by email; the professors are accessible and that’s something students like and appreciate. I’m also keen on meeting and greeting all the students by visiting each and every freshman class. By introducing myself I want them to know who their academic Dean is.”

NYIT IS THE PLACE TO BE

Nicholas Bloom, Associate Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies (516-686-7524)

“Honestly hard work and a sense of humor. If you decide you don’t want to be an architect, engineer or nurse; you can graduate with a good degree from NYIT that can be very useful in the job market or graduate school. Getting that degree really matters don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

SET A STANDARD

Stephen Christianson, Head Softball Coach of Athletics Department, Gerry House (516-686-7626)

“To carry the torch and to improve on it. The success that previous student athletes that have set a bar and those expectations are laid out for the new student athletes. Every year you have new leaders.” The most surprising misconception is this, “Our student athletes have a variety of majors basically every major you can think of here at NYIT we have a student athlete involved in one of those majors whether it be business, architecture, physical therapy, biology, health sciences and so on.”

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES

Frank Mruk, Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, Educational Hall (516-686-1436)

“Be passionate about what you are doing. Start something; take ownership and act on an idea which is all yours. SEE things, be curious and be inspired NY City is the epicenter of global architecture discourse and ideas. You are in the right place at the right time work it to your advantage.”

FIND A BALANCE

EVAN SAMPSON, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER MAJOR

“I had trouble finding my classes the first semester, but once you get a layout of the area it’s not so bad. As the days pasted I became more comfortable at NYIT. Overall I will say my experience has been fulfilling. I have not only learned inside the classrooms but outside them as well. My advice to new students is this: don’t buy books till the first day of class, befriend students in your major, don’t take all your easy classes first and enjoy the activities on campus. It’s not all about school work and grades, it is important, but can be stressful.”

DON JEUDI, MECHNICAL ENGINEER MAJOR

“My first day at NYIT was like stepping out into a whole new world. Coming from a private school, I just know there was so much opportunity I could take advantage of.  I would say the greatest moments come from being a part of school clubs. Never underestimate a class, join a club, but make sure it doesn’t interfere with academics. I’ve got to experience and take advantage a lot of benefits a club offers like; leadership training, travel opportunities and professional networking. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something, plus the cheese burger pizzas at the SAC are great! Ask the chef when it will be made.”

It may to take awhile to adjust to the campus, but soon you’ll realize that NYIT is not just a school it’s a family, a second home; a place where professors have your best interest at heart.  Yes, you may have some obstacles, but you’ll have many triumphs and achievements. NYIT builds character; lifelong friendships and memories that will last a life time so get out there and make it happen.

 

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