LaMar Thompson-Hightower Brooklyn, N.Y. Class Of: 2015
Campus: Old Westbury Major: Psychology, B.S.
LaMar Thompson-Hightower is secretary of the Student Government Association (SGA) at NYIT-Old Westbury for the 2014-2015 academic year. He previously served as an SGA senator of housing and residential life and is the recipient of an NYIT transfer scholarship.
Why study at NYIT?
NYIT is a place of opportunity. Coming here has opened many doors to advance my education. As a transfer student, I was attracted to NYIT's career-oriented education and small class sizes.
Are you a member of any clubs or organizations?
In addition to SGA, I serve as president of the behavioral science club, a resident assistant in Anthony Hall (a first-year building in NYIT's residential community at SUNY Old Westbury), a first-year experience mentor, and an orientation leader for incoming students.
Have you done any volunteer work?
Before attending NYIT, I volunteered at FIERCE NYC, a nonprofit organization that advocates for LGBT rights and equality within the five boroughs. This experience taught me that just one voice can really make a difference.
How has your NYIT transfer scholarship helped you?
It has financed my education and ultimately enabled me to become a student-leader in college.
What has been your best experience at NYIT?
Working with NYIT Career Services during orientation and playing "The Hiring Game." To this day, people on campus still stop me and sayor mostly scream"I would have hired you!"
How did you become interested in psychology?
I have always been intrigued by the brain, specifically the behaviorist approach to psychology. Understanding how behaviors are learned is key to understanding the human emotions and thought process.
What were you looking forward to most when you came to NYIT?
I expected to come here to learn about my major, but being here has taught me about myself and given me real-world experience that applies to my life.
How would you define/describe YOUR NYIT?
My NYIT is a growing and learning community. Everyone here is continuously finding themselves and figuring out what they really want to do in life.
What are your career aspirations?
One thing that has stuck with me my entire life is that I want to work in a place where I can help marginalized people. I am currently preparing to take the LSAT so that I can study constitutional law.
What are some helpful tips you have for high school students in the college admissions process?
NYIT's selling point is how available professors and faculty are to the students. Look for this quality in the college you choose. I have built strong relationships with my professors that have enhanced my education and knowledge of applied theory. Making these connections is quintessential to establishing a network of professionals in your field of study.
What is one fun fact about you?
I was on my high school's policy debate team and won the New York state championship my senior year.
What are your favorites … ? Music: Beyoncé Authors: Octavia Butler and Walter Dean Myers. Smartphone app: Candy Crush and iStudiez Pro. Home-cooked meal: Baked macaroni and cheese.
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