Meet the Growlers

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On February 11, members of the campus slate including myself had the privilege of meeting four extraordinary students from NYIT’s Central Islip campus. These four students also happen to be writers for their own school newspaper called, “The Monthly Growl.” On the large, beautiful landscape in Central Islip, students with special needs are able to take courses that teach them about various topics such as health, hygiene, food & nutrition, and apartment living. The campus offers courses to teach students the essentials to living on their own as well as giving them the opportunity to attend courses offered on the Old Westbury campus.

During our visit, we had the pleasure of meeting Morgan Echman. Morgan is a twenty-one year old junior from the garden state (NJ). Besides her main courses at the Central Islip campus, she is taking foundations of research writing, and accounting at the Old Westbury campus. We asked Morgan what was the best thing about NYIT, she replied, “being away from my mom and dad.”  What a bright sense of humor she has and a strong belief in independence. She also mentioned the faculty, “The teachers are really good at preparing us for graduation.” Morgan’s favorite class is food & nutrition. She explained to us that in her class they learn how to cook different types of meals. The meal she enjoyed learning how to make the most was pasta. Besides hitting the books and mixing it up in the kitchen, Morgan said, “hanging out with friends, going to the mall and the movies” are some other things she enjoys.  Morgan will be graduating from NYIT’s VIP program this spring. After graduation she hopes to continue her studies and further her education.

Next up we spoke with Jessalyn Louie a junior from Searingtown, NY. She’s a friendly and energetic soul, as we conversed she could not stop smiling and telling us about her best friend Mia. A delicate and ambitious character is only a few out of many ways to describe her. She told us that she checks on her friend every morning after she wakes up. Wow! What good friend. We asked her what was her favorite class at NYIT, and it too was the food & nutrition course. There’s something about this course that has these students hooked.  Jessalyn enjoys life on the Central Islip campus; she has made a lot of new friends. She was also proud to announce to her friends, that she recently got herself an apartment in queens. Jessalyn is very excited to be graduating this semester and can’t wait to begin life on her own.

Then there was the outgoing, twenty-two years old, Matthew Clendenin from Queens. He is also a junior at NYIT and currently works at Stonybrook university hospital as a transporter. “I’m responsible for transporting medical products and transporting patients back to their rooms,” said Matthew. We asked him what does he like the most about NYIT and he said, “Meeting new friends… it’s almost like a family here.” Imagine that! You might even be able so say NYIT is a home away from home for him. During Matthew’s free time he loves to write, solve jigsaw puzzles, and talking at the coffee house with other students. His favorite courses at NYIT are the apartment living and food & nutrition. Both courses teach him important skills needed to be able to live on his own, “I specialize in making hot dogs, baked beans, and steak.” Ladies, be on the lookout, this guy is a catch! He is not only a great cook but also a workingman and educated. What more could you ask for? Matthew is looking forward to graduating this spring. After he graduates he hopes to be living on his own and working in a hospital as pharmacy technician.

Last but not least, meet Emily Hudson a junior from New Jersey. She is a true animal lover, not only is she the owner of two poodles but also a certified groomers assistant.  Emily’s favorite class is also the popular food & nutrition course. “I like that class because I get to eat stuff,” she said. Well, wouldn’t we all love a class for that very reason? After graduation, Emily hopes to continue her education at a school in California.

It was a pleasure to meet the students at the VIP. They brightened our day with their friendly attitudes and kind smiles. We learned a very valuable thing after our meeting with the VIP: NYIT, regardless of which campus is a family. We wish nothing but the best for all of the VIP students.

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