Dina Ragab is an international student athlete on the NYIT women’s basketball team. She was named 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Ragab was named ECC first team All-Conference and second team All-Met player in 2014.
What made you choose NYIT and your major?
NYIT was one of the better fits to my interests. It has a great basketball program and has a beautiful campus that is close enough to New York City. I chose marketing major mainly because my sister works in the advertising field and I thought it was very interesting. So when I decided to go to college I wanted to do something similar and that's why I chose marketing. The more I learned about marketing the more passionate I felt about it.
What do you hope to pursue after graduation?
After graduation I hope to be part of a multi-national company marketing team where I can work with different people from different countries and will be able to utilize my unique background as well. I'm very interested in international and global marketing and how globalization affects any multinational corporation. With the constant rise of technology I believe that digital marketing is the future.
What are some privileges of being a part of the NYIT basketball team?
Being a student-athlete has a lot of privileges but is also very hard and very time-consuming. The women's basketball program at NYIT has being growing at an incredible pace the last few year and I'm very lucky to not just be a part of it but also the team captain this year as well. I think one of the main privileges/ advantages of being on the team are making very close friends who actually became my family here in New York. I also enjoy traveling around going to different states for games.
How does being a basketball player make you a better student?
Basketball helps me as a student in many different ways. It makes me always strive for excellence in everything I do. It helps me develop time-management, multitasking, leadership, teamwork, and many other skills that are not just useful as a student but as a person in general. Academics and basketball are always closely related, and our coach always makes sure that we are on top of our studies. We also have awards for students with high GPAs. So no matter what I do basketball is always a part of it.
What is your favorite basketball road trip story?
One of my absolute favorite basketball trips was my very first trip to the Nike Basketball Camp in Switzerland back in 2007 where I met the NBA player Dirk Nowitzki. The trip was not just special because I met the NBA star but also because it was the first time traveling with my team and meeting people from all over the world who love basketball as well.
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