After attending an on-campus recruitment session for Microsoft on Feb. 28, 2012, Ramon Valentin, Computer Science '13, was nominated by the Office of Career Services and selected to Experience Microsoft - a "once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the products, people and culture of Microsoft." Ramon went on an exciting all-expense paid, three-day trip to the Microsoft world headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where he met with Microsoft engineers, visionaries, and grassroots innovators.
When asked how the experience contributed to his career goal of becoming a Software Engineer - one who "contribute[s] to the field of technology and…[creates] the next best thing through software" - he said that not only did it show him what it would be like to work in his "dream job," but that he also "learned a lot about the type of interviews questions that Microsoft asks, which I can leverage in the future."
In addition to exploring the Microsoft campus, Ramon had the opportunity to conduct over 20 informational interviews - a process that helps students identify what field they'd like to go in and build their professional network. What he learned surprised him: They all said to "Practice, Practice, Practice" - a cliché with some truth to it. "Like in sports, the only way to reach a level of excellence in any career, not just software engineering, is with experience."
Ramon's advice to students is to let your passion run free: "Create and work on your own personal projects, and research topics of your interest" to really set you apart from competition when applying for an internship or job opening. And pay attention in class, even those outside of your major. "My Intro to Software Engineering and Java Programming really prepared me for the technical aspect of the experience… but my speech class taught me how to persuade and catch the attention of an audience. This was a skill that I used when I presented the windows phone application that I created to Microsoft employees."
One of the coolest parts of his experience was learning that Microsoft is currently working on a computer algorithm to help find a cure for AIDS. "I found that fact astonishing because it is a perfect example that software does not only help us do things faster, but can potentially save lives."
By Marty Magaan
“Another World Is Possible”
Those were the words printed on a huge banner in front of St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn, which served as one of the bases of operations for the Occupy Sandy movement. The words lingered in my head as I walked to the train station and reflected on what I had seen that day while volunteering with my fellow NYIT students.
It was true. While self-interest appears to be the predominant driving force that perpetuates progress in our world, events like Hurricane Sandy remind us of just how powerful we can be when we are motivated by the sincere desire to help a fellow human being. I saw the proof of this in the weeks following the hurricane, when NYIT students and staff came together to help those affected by Sandy ...more
Last summer, the Community Service Center in Manhattan and students in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) welcomed members of the International YMCA Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) to NYIT's Manhattan campus. They all participated in a cultural exchange series called "Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges" - a three-part session that brought together youth leaders from Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, and India, and NYIT HEOP students for lively discussion, community building, and stereotype de-bunking. HEOP student Lakisha Scott said "I enjoyed my time getting to know all of the International YMCA YAP participants. If you judge people, you have no time to love them." Read more about the "Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges" series.
International YMCA Hatian Youth Ambassador with Student Assistant Director of the Community Service Center in Manhattan, Dyesha Durm
The William Morehouse Scholarship Program is a matching funds scholarship administered by the New York State Builders Association Research and Education Foundation (NYSBA REF) and participating Home Builders Associations (HBA).
NYS Civil Service has announced November 17, 2012 as the exam date for Park Patrol Officer Trainee. The deadline to register for the exam is October 1, 2012; registration is done only through the NYS Civil Service. Please visit New York State Civil Service and select the link for State Examinations to see the exam posting, which will include minimum qualifications and online exam registration information.
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