Anna Jacobson Eckert
The Future Stewards Program here at RIT has been the most shaping factor in my career and personal development. My family's tribe is halfway across the country from where I grew up, since my grandmother was encouraged by her mother to leave the reservation to find success elsewhere. My first year at RIT, though very fulfilling, felt deprived of other people like me. I wanted to become a part of a community on campus that could foster my growth as a Native American student in STEM.
FSP was the answer! At Imagine RIT of 2015, I came across AISES' exhibit and made sure to attend the first meeting in the fall. I knew that FSP was what I was missing. After joining FSP, I was able to reconnect with a part of myself that I didn't feel I could talk to anyone else about. Now a fourth year and the president of AISES, I feel at home in FSP and am glad I have had the guidance to become the best version of myself. I want to use the skills I've learned at RIT to serve my community and tribal communities across the country.