Janeille Calnick is a recipient of NYIT's Theodore K. Steele Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement.
Why did you choose NYIT?
To be close to New York City and for its reputable architecture program.
Are you involved in activities?
I serve as a hall director at the NYIT residence halls at SUNY Old Westbury and the Student Government Association senator for residence life as well as an active member of the American Institute of Architectural Students. I've also traveled to Costa Rica with other NYIT students to build a recycling and education center.
How would you define/describe YOUR NYIT?
My NYIT is dynamic and multicultural. It's a large college with a small school vibe.
What is your career aspiration?
Become a professional architect. NYIT has afforded me the opportunity to study with practicing architects, giving me the insight needed to move forward in my field.
Describe your best experiences at NYIT.
Trips to New York City with students in my design classes. We visited the Four Freedoms Park, a memorial to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Roosevelt Island. I'm happy to see so much of the city and experience its architecture.
What are some transitions you went through from high school to college?
My transitions were cultural, academic, and social. I grew up in Jamaica and had to figure out American culture and how to interact with people. Academically, I had to adjust to the rigor of NYIT coursework. Socially, I adapted to living away from my family.
What are some helpful tips for high school students in the college admissions process?
Do as well as you can academically while still being involved in meaningful extracurricular activities. Don't do an activity because you think it will look good on your application. If you find something that interests you, it will show when you write about it in your admissions essays.
What is your advice to a student making his/her decision about college?
Be flexible in what you choose for a major and be open to new things. Choose a school that allows you to try different areas of study.
What were you looking forward to most when you came to NYIT?
Being on my own and learning how to navigate the world. NYIT provides a safe space where I can make mistakes and learn from them, and become more mature as a result.