Navpreet Sachdev is one of six NYIT students showing leadership skills and school spirit at the October 2013 Northeast Regional Conference hosted by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities in Syracuse, N.Y.
Why did you choose NYIT?
For financial reasons as well as the convenience of being close to home.
What is a fun fact about you?
I'm an aspiring poet. I've read my poetry on campus, at events in other states, and once in Canada.
If there's one story to tell about your NYIT experience, what is it?
NYIT has become a home away from home. It's a place where I have made some of the best relationships, both personally and professionally. There are so many people, including students and staff, pushing me to succeed. NYIT is one of the first places I performed my poetry, and it allowed me to discover a passion for writing and working in the media industry.
What activities are you involved in?
I'm the president of the Campus Programming Board at NYIT-Old Westbury and a member of the Sikh Student Association and South Asian Student Association. I also serve on the event coordinating committee for and perform at NYIT's Festival of Lights, and I spent two semesters as an on-air talent for WNYT Radio.
Outside of NYIT, I'm involved in my local Sikh temple's youth programs, including its summer camp to educate children about their faith. I've also interned at Radio Asia, a station in New Jersey.
How do you define your NYIT?
The beautiful thing about NYIT is that the Old Westbury campus is relatively small, and students see each other often and make close bonds. My NYIT consists of a campus where students are highly engaged in activities, organizations, and events that benefit not only them, but also the surrounding communities.
What is an exciting class project that you've experienced at NYIT?
During the spring semester of my junior year, I enrolled in FILM 101. The final project was to make a short film with no dialogue except voiceover. I was the director and spent two weeks working on my nine-minute film. Although the work was stressful and time consuming, it was an incredible experience because I learned about directing and filmmaking. I came to love every minute of it, including the 10 to 15 hours spent editing.
What were you looking forward to most when you came to NYIT?
Meeting people and coming out of my shell. Throughout high school, I was introverted and didn't leave my comfort zone often, if ever. I hoped to change that and be more open and outgoing. I also wanted to find people who I really connect with and can enjoy college with. NYIT has met my expectations on both counts. My college experience is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Did you go through transitions from high school to college?
In high school, students are still greatly watched over. When I entered college, I realized this is not the case. Professors don't constantly ask for your homework or assignments, and you have more freedom. I had to get accustomed to doing things on my own and taking care of my life without someone reminding me every day. It took me a long time to be comfortable with this newfound independence.
What is your advice to students who are making decisions about college?
Every person fits in at a different college. Get as much information as possible by speaking with current and former students, faculty, and staff. Ultimately, college is what you make of it, so regardless of where you go, take advantage of new opportunities.
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