2016-2017 IGM Delegates

Nick Greenquist

What advice would you give an incoming student?

  • Build and maintain your personal portfolio site. In one of your classes you will get a project that is to build a site like this. Make this your priority! More importantly, don’t just build it and then forget it. Employers love when they can easily open a link and be bombarded with all the awesome work you’ve done. Every time you create a project while in school, take the time to create new pages for your site showing off your work. Employers have to comb through an enormous amount of applications. If you can get them looking at your work with a simple web link right on your resume, you are miles ahead of the competition.

 

What’s your favorite memory as an undergraduate student in IGM?

  • Showing off my first game in GSDIII. In that class, we were given 10 weeks to build whatever type of game we wanted. My teammates and I spent countless hours making our game, enjoying the creative freedom to build whatever we could think of. The most rewarding part was presenting the game at the end of the trimester to our classmates. Getting positive feedback and compliments for something you’ve dedicated so much time to is one of the most fulfilling things you can experience

 

What’s been the most influential course you’ve taken?

  • Advanced Public Speaking. Coming to RIT, public speaking was one of my worst fears. I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and take Public Speaking and then Advanced Public Speaking. I eventually overcame my fear and actually turned it into a strength. I even somehow managed to win the Public Speaking contest at Imagine RIT. More importantly, this new skill allows me to better share and explain my ideas. No matter how good your ideas are, no one will care if you don’t know how to communicate them effectively.

 

What will you miss the most about IGM/RIT?

  • The game lab. While at RIT you’re going to have unlimited access to powerful hardware and countless software tools. Use this to your advantage while you’re still a student!

 

What’s next for you in the real world?

  • I’m interning this summer at GeekHive as a software development intern. Then I’m attending NYU in next fall to pursue my Masters in Computer Science. My goal is to specialize in Machine Learning and AI.

 

 

Anthony Zalar

What advice would you give an incoming student?

  • Dream beyond your goals. When I arrived at RIT my only dreams were to work at Epic Games and study in Japan. Within three years I did just that. It was amazing to me to be able to accomplish that but then I did not have the necessary direction to guide me for what would come next. Dream for being the person who will make the next big game, or the person who will save the world. At RIT you will be amazed at how many opportunities you will have to achieve those dreams so don't aim small.

 

What’s your favorite memory as an grad student in IGM?

  • My favorite memory in IGM comes in a series of memories where I would have lunch with my Game Design and Development (GDD) teammates after class. We would meet with the purpose of discussing our project goals but it was more often a way of enjoying the company of each other. It was amazing to work on exciting projects with great friends.

 

What’s been the most influential course you’ve taken?

  • The study Game Design in Germany course was the most influential course for me because I was able to learn about the impact of what I was studying at a global level. Beyond the studies, I made lifelong friends who taught me about German culture and the importance of enjoying life.

 

What will you miss the most about IGM/RIT?

  • Being a part of the team. I am so proud to be a student in IGM. I believe that every member in the IGM community also carries this sense of pride and the will to strive to be the best in world. It will be sad moving out of this team but I will always hold the memories close to my heart.

 

What’s next for you in the real world?

  • I will be moving to Chicago to work at a company called ImmersiveTouch. My focus will be on the front end development and design for Virtual Reality experiences as a technical designer. The goal of my company is to improve the lives of doctors and patients through the integration of VR/AR technologies.