Nicole Lundergan is the vice president of programming for the Student Government Association (SGA) at NYIT-Manhattan in the 2012-13 academic year.
Why study at NYIT?
Location. I saw myself living in New York City long term, and it made sense to establish my life in a city where I wouldn't need to "start over" after I graduated. Now that I'm here, I would tell potential students some of the other reasons that have kept me studying at NYIT: the leadership culture, amazing faculty and staff who are continuously going above and beyond, the many global exchange opportunities, and the real-world experience that I've gained.
How did you get involved in the SGA?
Getting involved with the SGA was less of a "decision" that I made consciously than it was a lifestyle. I studied event management, which made it only natural that I should be helping out in this area. Through my involvement on the campus programming committee during the fall 2011 semester of my freshman year, I was asked to join SGA as chief of staff in the spring. Once part of the team, I knew that it was something to continue in the future.
What are your goals as VP of programming?
Bettering the experience of students by improving communication between them and the programming committee. Students don't seem to be asking for different or more programs. They have asked to be better informed of what's going on within our campus. My personal goal is that a by-product of increased knowledge and involvement will be an increase in student pride at NYIT.
Are you involved in other organizations?
Yes, I've also served as president of NYIT's Public Relations Club.
What have been your best experiences at NYIT?
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA during my freshman year and attending the National Center for Student Leadership (NCSL) Conference in the fall semester of the same year. Meeting so many amazing student leaders and faculty/staff from campus has made all the difference in making NYIT my "home" rather than just another college. NCSL is where I made the friends who have shared all the important moments during my first year at NYIT. The conference also prepared me for the leadership positions I've held since then.
Have you encountered any challenges so far?
Relocating to the United States after spending nearly five years living overseas.
What is something that others would be surprised to learn about you?
I lived in Sydney, Australia, for nearly five years (and can fake a pretty good Aussie accent)!
Who are your role models?
At NYIT-Manhattan: Megan Siemers-Livingston, director of student activities; Jeremy Ducos, assistant director of student activities; Deepa Bhalla, HEOP director; Michael Schneider, director of counseling and wellness; Eleni Nikitopoulos, assistant professor of life sciences; and fellow student David Duong, former SGA president.
Outside of NYIT: My parents, Gregory and Kellie Lundergan. It is only because of their hard work, investment, and continual leadership by example that I am who and where I am today. And my sister, Alexis! Although she is younger, I want to be like her when I grow up!
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