Why I chose RIT

Jiayun Li on Monday, 26 March 2018.

Why did I choose RIT?

There are actually two parts to this question: why I chose RIT before I came, and why I stay here.

Being an international student, the diverse culture here at RIT played a role in my decision. Students come from all over the world, bringing their unique culture to our campus. Additionally, I was interested in design but I wanted to have more options to explore other fields. Fortunately, RIT is strong not only in design, but it is also strong in engineering, science, business, and technology majors. At RIT I could interact with students from all different majors, which was very important for my career goals because being in design is not just creating great artwork, but also having the abilities to communicate with co-workers like developers, etc.

I came from the north of China, which is also cold in the winter, and I love winter sports, like skiing or skating, so I was looking for schools where I could participate in these activities. RIT has two skating rinks, which was very attractive to me. I had been skating for ten years but stopped in high school. It has been a great experience to be able to pick up skating again in college. I joined the skating club at RIT and I made a lot of friends who shared the same interests as me. There are a lot of clubs on campus. Everyone can find something they are interested in at the club fair.

I'll be honest, I was a little bit concerned about Deaf culture at RIT, but when I came here, I loved it! I went to No Voice Zone and have been learning American Sign Language, which has been a great experience.  

RIT has a lot of resources for people interested in different fields. When I felt like maybe I was not that interested in Industrial Design, I went to the career center and my advisors for help, who helped me transfer into the New Media Design program which I now love. I also love the professors here. All the professors are friendly and always willing to help. Some of them might be harsh at times, but they care deeply about their students' success.

“You are walking on a really difficult road, but you should always know that you are not alone.” My professor encouraged us in the class. RIT is a great place for students to help each other and to improve themselves. College might be hard but everyone at RIT is going to be there to support you.