My name is Farid Barquet, and I am a 4th year Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience/Biomedical Sciences double major student, with an immersion in American Sign Language and Deaf Cultural Studies. My career plan has changed a few times throughout my years at RIT, but the current (and most likely final) plan for life after graduation for me involves going to grad school for a master's program in human genetics and genetic counseling.
A brief introduction: I am from Mexico City, Mexico (in case anyone was thinking of the other Mexico City) where I was born and raised. I am an international student, so college life for me was a little bit different being 2,000 miles away from home. Despite that, I really have found that RIT is now my second home. I love musical theatre and dancing, and you will often find me walking around campus singing, humming, or whistling all my favorite songs. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, watching Netflix (specifically Friends, which is my favorite TV show ever), being outdoors, and napping.
How did I end up in RIT? As an international student, I knew very little about school in the US. All I knew is that I wanted to major in Biotechnology because I've always had a passion for genetics and I wanted to do research in that area. I did a Google search for "schools with Biotechnology programs" and RIT showed up as one of the first results. I found that RIT was the first school in the country to offer a degree in biotech, so that really encouraged me to apply. After receiving my acceptance letter and coming on a tour, I fell in love with the campus. It is such a welcoming environment, and it felt as if people wanted me to come here as much as I wanted to be here.
Fast forward 3 years to today, and I have not regretted my decision to come even once! I have had a fantastic academic experience, and I have been involved with numerous organizations and clubs on campus, including RIT Players, Sigma Chi, Orientation, YearOne, and Admissions. The one activity that has made the most impact during my time here, is my involvement with Student Government.
I have been a member of Student Government since my second year, originally serving as the Senator for the College of Health Sciences and Technology. The following year I served as the Director of Programming, and this year I am serving as the President of Student Government. I have seen the organization grow so much over the years, and accomplish amazing things that enrich the student experience at RIT. Through Student Government, we have made positive changes on campus such as opening the library 24 hours during the week, passing a grade feedback policy that requires professors to post grades within 2 weeks of the deadline for an assignment, creating Project SpiRIT to reward students for school spirit, creating a nap map of campus, and so much more! I will be posting a blog with everything Student Government has to offer at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled for it!
I am so proud to be an RIT Tiger, and I am extremely humbled to have the privilege to represent the student body this year.