Bria Cherebin
Bria Cherebin
Chemical Engineering
Bria Cherebin
Chemical Engineering

Although it has only been a year, RIT has become my community and the Chem-E Department my home. The professors are kind and willing to help; even professors I have not yet had. MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) has also been a huge part of my support system. I joined the RIT chapters AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) to get involved outside the classroom, and volunteered with WE@RIT. The professional organizations exposed me to fellow engineering students of all disciplines. Through WE@RIT, I introduced high school girls to engineering and all that RIT has to offer. I look forward to future experiences such as going on my first co-op. I know upon graduation I will be prepared to begin my career as a successful Chemical Engineer. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I love RIT, GO TIGERS!!!

Melissa St Preux
Melissa St Preux
Melissa St Preux

During my five years here at RIT I’ve really grown as a leader, a professional and individual. I have been a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and am currently the vice president of the organization. Because of NSBE, I’ve had four amazing co-op experiences at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and could not be more excited to head to Houston, Texas after I graduate in May. The resources and support from MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) have also been a huge part of my success at RIT.

I am huge supporter of influencing younger generations in our communities to pursue higher education, particularly in STEM. I am proud to be a student at RIT and I’m excited to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. If there were one thing I wish I knew as a freshman, it would be that my education is MY education. There may be requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to graduate and the advice of advisors and mentors along the way is extremely valuable, but ultimately the path that gets me there is created on my terms. Make sure you do what makes you happy and everything else will fall into place.

Elaine Dolan
Elaine Dolan
Biomedical Sciences/Biology
Elaine Dolan
Biomedical Sciences/Biology

After only one year at RIT, I know that this is my home. Because of the amazing support from MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) and most certainly from the Rochester City Scholars Initiative, my college experience has been unparalleled, with help at every corner for almost any problem I may face. Since finishing my first semester, I have achieved a higher GPA than I would ever have expected, met some of the most wonderful people I have ever known, and realized what I am truly capable of accomplishing. Thanks to the Rochester City Scholars initiative, all of this became a financial possibility for me and my family! I look forward to seeing where I’ll go next here at RIT, and what new possibilities will become realities in my future. I know that when I graduate, I will be a young professional, fully prepared for the life ahead of me. Thank you, RCS Initiative, and thank you, RIT!

Samuel McClarin
Samuel McClarin
Business Management
Samuel McClarin
Business Management

When considering where to go to college, RIT was the choice. I didn’t apply anywhere else. I knew this was where I wanted to be. Now, in my last semester, as I reflect on my time here, I know I made the best choice. As a Rochester City Scholar, I was provided a support network through the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) from my first day on campus. The office provided me with an opportunity through the Summer Bridge Program to learn how to study, manage my time, connect with professors, and make lasting friendships. MCAS has been my biggest supporter while I’ve been here, and has made college feel like a much easier task than it really is. Now, through MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition), I have been handed an opportunity to push myself even further professionally with a group of individuals committed to succeeding in life. I came to RIT expecting a great education, and am leaving with so much more than I could have ever imagined.