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Why I chose RIT

Farid Barquet on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Visiting RIT

Being an international student, I often times get asked: "why did you choose RIT?" or "how did you even hear about RIT?" Those are fair questions, and I'll do my best to answer them below. 

I knew that Biotechnology was definitely the right major for me, but I did not know of any colleges that offered it. So I quickly found that Google can be a wonderful friend. I searched for "schools with Biotechnology programs" and RIT showed up near the top because, as it turns out, RIT was the first university in the US to offer Biotechnology as a major. I thought that that was really interesting and that RIT probably had a very well established program. This led me to apply, without really knowing anything else about RIT. 

Then acceptance letters started coming in, and I received an acceptance from RIT. I wasn't considering it too much, but I was already going to New York to visit other schools, so I figured I might as well go check it out. When I arrived on campus, I was amazed by it: the facilities, the academics, the people, and the overall friendliness of everyone I met. It is really hard to explain, but somehow I just had a feeling that RIT was the right place. It sounds cliche, but when you find the right college for you something just kind of "clicks." I loved how at RIT people were very enthusiastic about me coming here and everyone was very welcoming, whereas at other schools it felt more like "I should be thankful they even invited me," which I did not appreciate. Therefore, I highly encourage everyone to, if you can, come and visit the campus before making a decision. My tour was so influential in my decision that I actually decided to become a tour guide so that I could help students make a decision as well.

It has now been four years, and I could not see myself anywhere else. Very quickly after starting my first year I made amazing friends and quickly found a family away from home. That friendly feeling that I felt during my tour has been here the entire time. The people at RIT - professors, advisors, and friends - have helped shaped my career goals and find my true passion. 

As I get ready to graduate this semester and move on to graduate school, I think back on my time at RIT. In the words of Winnie the Pooh: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." I have had fun, grown, matured, and learned more at RIT than anywhere else before, and it is my hope that many more students can find the same success at RIT as I have. 

So there it is! These are the reasons why I chose RIT, why I continue to choose RIT, and why I hope you will choose RIT as well!