Campus: Manhattan Major: Business Administration/Management, B.S.
When I first received HEOP's acceptance letter, I felt truly blessed. I couldn't believe the great news, and I told myself, "I am actually going to go to college." I am the first one in my family to actually succeed further in education because my parents didn't have the opportunity that they wish they had. The support and motivation from my family and HEOP helped me get where I am today. Throughout my life I wondered what I would like to become, and it was honestly an extremely hard decision. However, after my second semester at NYIT, I knew that I had a passion for floral design and that someday I wanted to open my own floral business. It seems kind of scary because it is not the typical career you would see today. However, in the back of my mind, I always think about my family telling me to follow my heart and passion because what I will achieve will be for me and not for anyone else. Therefore, I decided to major in Business Administration/Management.
At NYIT there is so much to learn and discover. What I really enjoy most about NYIT is the community itself. I never had to question asking for help, and being involved in clubs and organizations helped me overcome challenges. I am currently an Orientation Leader, First Year Mentor, Dance Club Secretary and Senator, a member of S.W.A.G Club, and lastly a new Iota member of Alpha Sigma Tau. If I had never gotten involved on campus, then I wouldn't be able to have the amazing experience of what leadership is and stepping out of my comfort zone. I also work in the Office of Admissions as a clerical worker. I help input data, scan, and file away documents. These experiences allow me to learn more about myself, gain responsibility, learn how to manage time, and become well-organized. In addition, volunteering for the Winter's Eve Event, Kids 2 College Program, Relay for Life, and the Service Learning Project at PS 241 has helped me learn and understand about various communities. I am proud of where I am today and hope I can motivate others to take a chance to open up to new opportunities.
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