Your RIT ID

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

RIT and the Office of the Registrar provide each student, faculty, staff, and alumni with a University ID card. The ID cards are used by Dining Services, University Housing, Student Life Center, and the Wallace Library. The Office offers new students, faculty, staff, and alumni the ability to upload their own photo for identification. Individuals who already have a photo on file who require an updated photo may come to the Office of the Registrar to have a new photo taken.

Through the RIT Online Photo Submission, you are able to upload a photo that will display in the following locations:

  • Student Information System (SIS)
  • RIT ID Card
  • Starfish Early Alert

Your student ID is your ticket to saving money on everyday costs, big-ticket items, and so much more! I’d like to provide you with my top picks for the most useful perks of having a student ID.

Memberships

  1. BJ’s Membership – show your RIT ID at the Henrietta BJ’s and it will serve as a membership card. Not only do they have great deals on their items in-store, but on top of that, they have some of the cheapest gas in Rochester for members!
  2. Amazon Prime Student – As a student, you will pay just $59 per year (compared to $119 per year) + 6 months completely free!
  3. Spotify AND Hulu – $4.99/month for both Spotify and Hulu
  4. Sponsor a friend or family member at RIT’s gym – If you have a friend or family member who would like to use RIT’s recreation facilities, check out the different guest passes and memberships offered: https://www.rit.edu/~w-criw/membership.php

Food (at participating locations)

  1. Dunkin Donuts – 10% off
  2. Chipotle – Free drink!
  3. Pi Craft – 10% off on Tuesdays
  4. Subway – 10% off or a free cookie
  5. Qdoba – $5 burrito meal OR free drink
  6. Dairy Queen – 10% off
  7. Chick-fil-a – Free drink!
  8. TCBY – 15% off
  9. McDonald’s – 10% off
  10. Burger King – 10% off
  11. Taco Bell – 10% off
  12. Arby’s – 10% off
  13. Papa John’s – 10-20% off
  14. Domino’s – 10-20% off
  15. Denny’s- Student Discount
  16. Spice Bazaar- Student Discount

Retail and Services

  1. Ann Taylor – 20% off
  2. Levi’s – 15% off
  3. Topshop – 10% off
  4. Alex and Ani – 10% off
  5. Steve Madden – 10% off
  6. Madewell – 15% off
  7. JoAnn’s – 10% off on top of any coupons you find online
  8. Victoria’s Secret/Pink – 10% off
  9. J Crew and J Crew Factory – 15% off
  10. Eddie Bauer – varies by store
  11. Eastern Mountain Sports – 20% off
  12. Charlotte Russe – 10% off
  13. Tom’s – free shipping
  14. Banana Republic – 15% off
  15. Jiffy Lube – 10% off
  16. FedEx – save 30% on documents and 20% on shipping services
  17. Goodwill – 10% off
  18. J. Crew – 15% off

Electronics

  1. Dell, Apple, Lenovo – all offer student deals on select products. Ask about these before purchasing!
    1. Apple now offers a $100 gift card with the purchase of a new laptop, on top of $300 off the purchase of that laptop.

Travel

  1. Student Universe – Flight search and booking
  2. STA Travel – Flight search and booking
  3. Amtrak
  4. Eurail
  5. Greyhound – 20% off
  6. Museums and activities – While studying abroad, I found many museums allow students in for free or offer huge student discounts. Do your research before you go!

Student Credit Cards – Look into which credit card companies have the best cashback and rewards for your spending habits. Discover has a rewards system for students that collects cashback on purchases, which can add up fast paying for textbooks! If you don’t spend your points until after a full year, they double!

Lastly, be sure to take advantage of all that RIT has to offer. Now is the time to establish healthy habits with free wellness courses and our state-of-the-art fitness center staffed by extremely helpful students. You will be living steps away from a pool, 25 people hot tub, racquetball courts, squash courts, a boxing room, rock climbing wall, and a sauna…USE IT! Don’t forget about all the guest speakers, concerts, and College Activities Board organized activities and trips in the area! So many ways to enjoy yourself while saving money!

#myRITstory – Payal Sharma

Payal Sharma, Print Media MS, 2018 

“The School of Media Sciences has tremendous resources to support student work, backed by knowledgeable and caring professors; this helped in maintaining motivation while gaining confidence in my skills and abilities”

In 2014, Payal Sharma was searching. Having completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism at St. Francis College in her native Hyderabad, India, Payal wanted to explore graduate study abroad in an area where she would gain the technical and critical thinking skills that are in-demand by industry, while learning in a community of dedicated academics and researchers. She also desired a program that was supported by active, engaged alumni, and highly regarded by industry leaders. This is when she enrolled in the Master of Science in Print Media (MS-PPRT) program in the School of Media Sciences (SMS) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Today, having completed her degree requirements and a one-year co-op, she is convinced that she made the right decision in choosing RIT.

The MS-PPRT program is a two-year, thesis-based Master’s degree in which students work closely with internationally-renowned professors in world-class research facilities. After three semesters of coursework, students conduct industry-relevant research that results in a published thesis. It is during this process that the MS candidates work closely with research professors to produce a thesis that is relevant and meaningful. In Payal’s case, her thesis exposed her to research methods and theories that provide a foundation for possible future advanced degrees and research opportunities.

According to Payal, these skills already paid off in her one-year co-op experience.

After defending her thesis in 2018, Payal embarked on a paid co-op at Wilsonart in Temple, Texas. Perhaps best known as a manufacturer of laminates, Wilsonart manufacturers and distributes an array of engineered surfaces. Having used the gravure printing process for decades, Wilsonart has now implemented cutting-edge digital printing technologies to supplement their gravure offerings. This is where Payal’s skill set, gained in the MS-PPRT program at RIT, made her an especially valuable addition to the Wilsonart research and development team.

Notably, Payal led a project to ensure consistent color reproduction for Wilsonart’s digital presses. Applying the knowledge gained in her MS experience, Payal set up the standard operating and process control procedures necessary to achieve consistent output from the digital offerings. Today Wilsonart is efficiently producing award-winning, digitally-produced engineered surfaces.

It is relevant to note that her direct supervisor at Wilsonart is an RIT MS-PPRT alumnus, who pro-actively looked for other graduates of that program to fill the research and development position, and spoke very highly of the school and its alumni. Her supervisor also stated that he is encouraged by the future direction of the school as the STEM-based MS-PPRT program moves to College of Engineering Technology.

Payal contends that students considering the MS-PPRT program at RIT should not be discouraged if they do not have specific print experience. “When I started my journey I did not have a traditional print background, here I learned how industry works, and have been exposed to many different aspects of the industry.” She recognizes that the SMS “…has tremendous resources to support student work, backed by knowledgeable and caring professors; this helped in maintaining motivation while  gaining confidence in my skills and abilities” and contends that her “…career goals are now more certain and focused as a result of the exposure to various aspects of the industry.”

Today, Payal has accepted a full-time position as a Digital Print Technology Specialist at Wilsonart, where they have agreed to sponsor her visa. She optimistically views her future career prospects, and feels fortunate to be exposed to meaningful and diverse working experiences in the US as a result of her Master’s degree.

Read more about RIT’s MS in Print Media on our program website here.