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Jul 13 2011

Incoming Freshmen Urged to SOAR Toward Excellence

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (July 13, 2011) ­ Members of NYIT’s incoming freshman class scurried between buildings on scavenger hunts yesterday, faced off in NYIT Jeopardy, and learned about the university’s clubs and services in the first of six orientation sessions for Old Westbury students.

“Perfect. I love it,” said Karan Rana, summing up the day’s events as he worked with teammates in a text-messaging scavenger hunt.  By early afternoon, he and several students made new friends and were already thinking about clubs and activities to join.   

About 161 students attended the “SOAR Toward Excellence” orientation, which included sessions on technology, career assistance, campus life, and services of the Student Solution Center.  A corps of enthusiastic student leaders escorted small groups to different activities, answered questions ranging from scheduling conflicts to online guidance.  In between, some led loud cheers of “NYIT!” as the university mascot bear clapped and broke out into impromptu dances.

“I wasn’t expecting such happy people,” said Katelyn Meyer, an Interior Design major who recalled that representatives from another school she considered wore miserable expressions.  “Everyone here is so cheerful.  It’s kind of cool.”

In a separate group, parents heard advice to help guide their children through the college experience without smothering them or taking control. 

“We want to let go but we don’t want to let go,” said Alice Heron-Burke, Senior Director of Counseling and Wellness, who told stories of her own children’s varied paths through college, eliciting nods and smiles with tales of their adventures.

John Hyde, Dean of Career Services, recommended that parents encourage their children to use his office for advice and guidance as they consider career choices, internships, and opportunities to connect with alumni and mentors. 

Ryan Brunet, a criminal justice major who will play lacrosse, said he was happy to hear about the academic help available to students.  The Port Jefferson resident was both nervous about classes and excited about an opportunity to excel in his sport.

“I can’t wait to get out there and show ‘em what I have,” he said.

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