Campus: Manhattan Major: Communication Arts, B.F.A./M.A.
Samantha Cordero is vice president of programming for the 2013-2014 Executive Board of the Student Government Association (SGA) at NYIT-Manhattan.
Why study at NYIT?
The location is perfect in the heart of New York. I was impressed by the internship opportunities available to students within my field of study.
Being involved in SGA is an excellent way to put my professional, communications, and leadership skills to test. If I want to make a change within the school, there is no better way than through the student government. As vice president of programming, I plan on increasing the quality of marketing throughout the Manhattan campus as well as increasing student engagement.
Clubs and Activities
-Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority
-Orientation Leader and First-Year Experience Mentor
-Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
-Relay for Life
-S.W.A.G. (Students Working to Achieve Greatness)
In 2013, I participated in Lobby Day with members of NYIT's Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) in Albany, N.Y. We spoke to members of the state legislature in support of student aid. In April, I was selected to attend the National Conference for Student Leadership in Boston.
Serving as an orientation leader. I remember how frightening the idea of coming to college was and how important my orientation leaders were, so it was an honor to pay it forward and make incoming freshmen feel at home and excited to be at NYIT. Seeing some of my shy students break out of their shells and become active leaders throughout the year is definitely a proud moment for me.
To one day be a screenwriter and write an Academy Award-winning movie. Before I sell my script, however, I will insist that I play the lead role. I would also love to own a production company.
My self-doubt. College can be an extremely competitive place and everyone has brilliant ideas and even better credentials. Reminding myself that I am just as capable as anyone to do anything I want to dowhether that is inside or outside of schoolhas been a challenge. I get by with a little help from my friends.
I'm a nervous public speaker; I just have a great way of pretending that I'm not. Before I make speeches, I memorize everything from beginning to end, to avoid any awkward pauses or saying "umm."
Career-wise, I admire Meryl Streep, Natalie Wood, and Lucille Ball. In life, I look up to my mom and dad. They were both young parents and sacrificed literally everything to give me, my brother, and sister the best life they possibly could. At NYIT-Manhattan, my mentors are Megan Siemers, director of student activities; Jeremy Ducos, assistant director of student activities and leadership development; Deepa Bhalla, director of HEOP; and John Agnelli, dean for campus life. And the first people to place me on the path of success and push me to get involvedmy orientation leaders: Oshane Cooke, Cody Souffrant, and Caprica Stanley. They are my best friends.
People, places, music. I can listen to a song and get an idea for a screenplay right away.
Writing scripts, dancing, listening to music, and taking long, aimless walks through New York City.