Making RIT their home away from home




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Name: Madelyn Hammond
Hometown: Clarence, N.Y.
“I brought nine of my hula hoops.”

RIT welcomed more than 2,900 first-year students this semester, the largest new class in the university’s history.

These students brought with them a host of experiences and a range of diversity—41 percent are African American, Latino American, Native American, Asian American, international, or deaf or hard of hearing. The number of international students is up, and more than half the class comes from outside New York state, with the top home states being Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and California.

They also brought a lot of brainpower, with higher average scores on entrance exams and with the top five majors of choice being computer science, game design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and software engineering.

But what did they bring to make their new RIT tiger dens feel like home? We asked a host of first-year students: “What did you bring with you—other than a computer and school supplies—that you couldn’t imagine living without?”

Their answers, like their origins, were very diverse.

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Name: Madelyn Hammond
Hometown: Clarence, N.Y.
“I brought nine of my hula hoops.”

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Name: Emmanuel Akande
Hometown: Clovis, Calif.
“Wisdom from my parents and pictures from home.”

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Name: M.K. McLoughlin
Hometown: Rye, N.Y.
“Jethro Tull sounds better on vinyl.”

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Name: Rhiannon Kearns
Hometown: Margaretville, N.Y.
“Bat Bear, a gift from my boyfriend.”

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Name: Renee Hutton
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Makeup, I have bags of it.”

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Name: Dan Devor
Hometown: Gibsonia, Pa.
“Alto sax, Magic the Gathering cards and Rice Krispies Treats.”

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Name: Matthew Allen
Hometown: Newbury, Vt.
“My robot, Turtlebot. I made him.”