Why study at NYIT?
Because my high school art teacher studied here and spoke highly of NYIT. I love the graphic design program and how my professors are fully invested in preparing us for the real world.
As the marketing and media project coordinator at the campus Community Service Center (CSC), I design flyers and other promotional material for the office. I also help students find volunteer opportunities on and off campus.
I became involved in Relay for Life because it's a tradition at NYIT. When I came here as a freshman, it was one of the most talked-about events of the spring semester. Working at the CSC furthered my involvement with Relay fundraising events like the Purple Palooza Challenge.
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Work as a graphic designer and eventually as an art director for a major publication. I'd like my career to have a service or social justice component to it. Whether it is developing promotional material for a nonprofit or just using art in a way that raises big questions, I want to do something that impacts people and inspires change.
Best NYIT experience
A Relay for Life fundraiser that I helped plan as a member of the Sassy 6 Bear Community, which organizes programming for students living in the residence halls. In February 2013, our date auction event raised close to $500. Just seeing the level of involvement from the students and those who were willing to give their time for our event was an amazing feeling. I was especially moved when a student shared with me that he had recently lost a parent to cancer and that fundraisers like ours meant a lot to him.
Favorite tech devices and apps
Tumblr and Pinterest because I can keep all my major interests and curiosities there for quick reference. I also love my Kindle Fire tablet.
I come from a long line of singers on my mother's side, and I have been singing since I was 5.
My parents. They have set a great example for me and my brothers by showing us that hard work pays off.
Eating sushi with my friends, shopping, working out, and thinking of other things I could possibly do to my afro.
"Do not worry about anything" -Philippians 4:6-7
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