Pictured: Students attend the Student Involvement Fair on the New York City campus.
The college experience doesn’t only have to be about coursework. The years spent at a university are also about making connections, building friendships, and getting involved in the community. On January 28, the Office of Student Engagement hosted two Student Involvement Fairs, where students had the opportunity to discover more about what New York Institute of Technology has to offer on the Long Island and New York City campuses. They learned about different clubs, sororities, fraternities, and other organizations.
Joining one of the organizations on campus has many benefits. “My involvement in campus activities has helped me with time management and my ability to work with others,” said Kailey Bennington, a sophomore majoring in interior design and vice president of the Roots club. “I encourage everyone to find a club to join.”
“For me, being in a sorority has been fun because I have had the opportunity to meet and become close friends with like-minded people,” added Marissa Karasz, a psychology major. “Whether it’s doing homework together, going out for lunch, or celebrating someone’s birthday, I love having a great group of girls to go through college with. I also enjoy participating in philanthropic events. Additionally, being in a sorority can be a good opportunity for gaining leadership experience.”
At the Student Involvement Fair on the Long Island campus, students made connections and learned how they can get involved in the community.
That was the case for Roshni Chaudhari, a biology major and senator of the American Medical Student Association. “Taking part in such activities helps you develop as a person,” said Chaudhari, who encourages other students to get more active. “Joining a club or association that is related to your major can help you prepare for the future as well as help you learn from students who have more experience.”
Nicole Miranda has the unique opportunity to get to know her classmates across all disciplines as editor-in-chief of The Manhattan Globe, New York Institute of Technology’s independent student newspaper on the New York City campus. “The newspaper writes about students on campus, events involving students, and basically anything revolving around the student body,” said Miranda, a communication and media production major.
“When I first got to New York Tech, I did not know anyone on campus, and it was hard to meet friends because I did not know where people hung out that had similar interests to me,” said Ashley Dent, president of New York Tech’s Student Veterans Organization. “[Clubs and organizations] allow you to get your name out there and perhaps provide you with opportunities that can enable your success as a student as well as your professional realm.”