Matt Magill, Graduate 2013, Applied Networking and Systems Administration
Coming to RIT was a big step for me, as I was the first one in my family to attend a 4 year college. I struggled my first couple of quarters at RIT; not so much with the material but with keeping everything organized and managing my time effectively. Then, my last two years I used TRiO the most which was very helpful. I was preparing for graduation and getting out into the work force, and TRiO helped by making sure I was taking the needed classes to graduate and helped me to start figuring out student loan repayment. One of the biggest help for me was my mentor, who took the time to get to know me on a personal level, which in my opinion goes above and beyond what they are paid to do.
Marissa Fox, 5th Year, Electrical Engineering
My name is Marissa Fox and I'm a 5th year Electrical Engineering student. I joined TRiO in my fourth year of academic studies and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. When my grades feel due to a bad quarter at the end of my fourth year, TRiO was there to get me back on track. They provided me academic tutors, as well as various workshops to work on my study techniques. I'm very grateful for TRiO for helping me become the successful engineering student I am today.
Laura Knab, 3rd Year, Medical Illustration
My name is Laura and I'm a third year medical illustration major. I joined TRiO when I was in my freshman year, when I was originally in biochemistry. They helped me a lot when that major fell through, and helped me every step of the way in my new major. Anything I needed, TRiO was there to steer me in the right direction. I'm not sure where I'd be without TRiO, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be succeeding at RIT without them.
Julianna Johnson, 4th year, Graphic Design
I transferred to RIT as Junior from a Community College, which did not prepare me for the advanced level of courses that I would be taking at RIT. I was fortunate to have a mentor working with me through the TRiO SSS office at RIT because she quickly devised a plan of action to bring me up to speed. Among other things, the wonderful staff at TRiO provided me with a specialized tutor when I needed it, helped me find scholarships and is making sure I am on track for graduation. Working with TRiO is like having a support system, cheerleader and mentor all in one.
Lino Alvarez, 3rd year student, Information Technology
TRiO is much more than tutoring and guidance. It is an experience builder, kind friendly support, a leg up, breath of fresh air and a major reality check. TRiO specializes in showing you the light at the end of the tunnel, and make sure that you.re on the right path towards it. So, yes TRiO has taught me how to manage my time, study harder, and make the grade. Aside from being a better student they have also taught me how to be a better person.
Ken Michels, 2010 graduate
My dreams were finally realized with the help and dedication that I found available to me here at RIT. The TRiO Student Support Services staff helped me realize these dreams by aligning me with the tutoring support and advising that proved to be a vital part of my success in Mechanical Engineering Technology. This success has led me to employment with the Department of Defense (Navy).