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Susan DiMeglio

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Susan DiMeglio

Susan DiMeglio was decisive in selecting RIT, it was the only school she applied to. However, she was unsure of what to select for a major. She was told she would make a good Engineer but was never really interested in that field for a major and career. Susan was part of the inaugural class of nearly 50 students in the University Studies Program in the Fall of 2009. USP allowed her to explore her interest in photography and as a result, she changed programs to the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Advertising Photography BFA program. Susan is in her third year at RIT and says, "USP is a great choice for any student who is unsure about their major. They do a terrific job in helping students, and I learned about so many different possible majors and careers."

Dan English

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Dan English

Dan applied to college without having any clue as to what he wanted to major in but had wide ranging interests. While he was researching his options at RIT, he was contacted by a USP advisor who told him that a new program, University Studies, had been formed and may be a perfect fit. It was very true as the program gave him the option to explore a ton of different classes that all interested him, like business, animation, psychology and plenty others. As he worked with his advisor he began to discover what he was good at, what he liked and what was the best fit for him. Finally he took a course in communications that he loved. The staff helped him set up a meeting with the academic department, and says Dan, "before I knew it I was transitioned into the Advertising and Public relations major in the College of Liberal Arts!"

Sarah Thomas

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Sarah Thomas

Sarah is a second year student in the RIT Honors Program, and a Finance major in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. Sarah started at RIT not knowing what she wanted to do. With the help of University Studies and by getting involved in the RIT community, she was able to identify her future in college both in and out of the classroom. Sarah defines getting involved at RIT! She was elected Freshman Senator in her first year, and is the Director of Student Relations for the RIT Student Government now in her second year. She is involved in a multitude of student clubs, is a USP Ambassador, a Discovery/Pathways Peer Mentor, a Residence Advisor, and serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Says Sarah: "It all started with University Studies and their guidance in finding the right career path helped me stay motivated and engaged to find the complete package at RIT."

David Beyerlein

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David Beyerlein

David is from Rochester, and had the choice of attending RIT or a Community College and transfer to RIT later. Luckily for RIT, he chose to attend as a freshman and immediately began to explore his interest in Photography. David has since chosen Photographic and Imaging Technology as his major – which is more about the science behind photography and using photography for applied science. He also does a great deal of concert photography and portraiture on the side. David was the lead photographer in the production of a recruitment brochure for the USP program, all done for free to give back to the program that helped him validate his interests and be admitted to his preferred major field of study.

Chris Tarantino

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Chris Tarantino

Chris came to RIT with many options of study in mind but with no idea how to filter them down to find a major. The University Studies Program was a good choice and introduced him to yet another area of study he never considered at all, Business. Chris has since changed majors to Marketing and is using his marketing and leadership skills every day. His passion for the USP program became evident when Chris took on the role as the project manager in the production of a recruitment brochure for the program.

Ryan Harriman

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Ryan Harriman

Ryan came to RIT with interests in many different areas ranging from journalism to photography to computers, but had no idea which interests were just hobbies and which ones could be viable career paths. The University Studies Program gave Ryan the time to attend RIT and talk with the directors of various departments to find something that would best fit his needs. He wanted to find something that involved technical and creative thinking, as well as the potential to help others. He eventually found a program called Biomedical Photographic Communications, a Bachelor of Science program in photography that is unique to RIT.

Since he took his time finding a program that really suited him, he instantly found a lot of success in his work. A mere two and a half years after coming to RIT, Ryan went from having no idea what to do with his life, to preparing to work as a medical photographer while on a summer Co-op at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales. He is excited about his future career options, and encourages all prospective students to take their time in finding a program that is the best match for their interests.