Pictured: Incoming undergraduate students at the New Student Welcome on the Long Island campus.
How will you create your opportunity at New York Institute of Technology? This was the question university leaders asked the Class of 2023 during New Student Welcome on September 4.
The day’s events were part of Week of Welcome, a weeklong celebration to cheer on new and returning students, and encourage them to take advantage of all that the university has to offer.
New students participated in a number of activities on both campuses, including one where they created their own New York Tech bear. Two students at the New Student Welcome in New York City show off their creations.
Optimism echoed during welcome sessions in New York City and Long Island, where the students of the Class of 2023 were encouraged to leave their comfort zones in pursuit of their passions. Tiffani Blake, M.D., M.Ed., interim dean of students, led the class in energetic chants of “it’s time” and “we can do this,” as they prepared to begin the next chapter of their academic careers. New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley, Ph.D., empowered students to develop a growth mindset and stressed the importance of positive thinking with the word ‘yet.’ He emphasized that while students may not be good at something yet, there is always the opportunity to improve. Before calling on students to share their goals for the year, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Junius Gonzales, M.D., M.B.A., imparted advice from members of last year’s incoming class, who are now sophomores. Their messages underscored that a sense of belonging comes directly from a willingness to engage in one’s community, which can spark growth both in and out of the classroom.
Undergraduate Class of 2023 Fast Facts:
- The major with the most students: B.S. Life Sciences
- Most common country for non-U.S. students: China
- Age of the oldest student: 49
- Age of the youngest student: 16
The momentum continued throughout the week with a number of events including a campus scavenger hunt in Long Island and Student Involvement Fair in New York City, as well as barbeques, luncheons, and social events on both campuses.
The festivities will last through the end of the month with Homecoming and Family Weekend on September 20 through 22.