Campus: Manhattan Major: B.S. in Information Technology
Tiy-Chereigna Neufville is the winner of NYIT's Astoria Federal iPad Competition, chosen for her inspiring essay about standing out and pursuing a career in technology. A reserved student, Neufville saw the competition as an opportunity to challenge herself and encourage women to pursue and excel in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
“I was born to stand out,” said Neufville in her essay, where she described her motivation to work in cyber security and to break away from the traditional roles of many women in her hometown in Jamaica.
Combatting Cyber Crime
I am drawn to information technology because it is challenging to me. I am intrigued by the reasons why cyber criminals use technology to do harm. I want to stop them from taking advantage of technology, and I strive to work for the FBI someday.
Why NYIT? I was searching for an American university where I could study cyber security and transfer most of my credits from my undergraduate studies. Then, I learned about all of the great research and programs offered at NYIT in cyber security. As a student, I appreciate the small classes and individual attention from my professors and staff in the Student Solutions Center.
Favorite NYIT Experience I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds. Students from Arabia, Africa, and the Middle East all come together under NYIT’s roof. I love how everyone is treated equally here.
My NYIT A training ground for nurturing young innovators.
Fun fact: I like to tell jokes. I always see the positive side of life, no matter how bad a situation is. Life is good no matter what.
New York, New York
I enjoy the fast-paced life in New York City. It is a challenge, an experience, and a place for me to really grow.
When I am not at NYIT… I am involved in my church and in my community.
Biggest Transitions I had to adapt to the cold weather and commuting by train. The fast pace of the city was definitely a big transition from living at home with my parents.
My Advice Ask for help. There is no shame in it. Professors and classmates all want to help you succeed.
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