My name is Mike Castillo and I’m currently in my 8th (oh god.) semester here at NYIT.. and it has been a very interesting time since the fall 2013 semester. I’ve always heard from friends that you don’t learn as much as you do while in class and I never chose to believe it, but thinking about it now.. they were definitely right. Although I learned it’s not only about learning academically, I have learned so much in a social aspect which has made me the person who I’m proud to say I am today. I went from being a shy and quiet person who never wanted to do anything involving school, to becoming a student leader within campus and a member of a fraternity on campus!
The “Pre-NYIT” Mike was a very quiet guy who literally didn’t want anything to do with anyone other than a handful of friends, I always stayed home and I just wanted interested in anything. Just picture a very negative and grumpy person, and that was how I was. High school wasn’t the best of times for me due to feeling like I was “alone”.. Thankfully the moment I got into NYIT, everything changed for me. This school has taught me to truly be myself and to never stop trying, it sounds cheesy but it’s opened up such a big door for me. Ever since then I’ve been heavily involved with multiple organizations, clubs, and committees on campus to make the school a better “social experience” for the student body.
I currently work within the “SAB” A.K.A. the Student Activities Building (otherwise known as that “random door on the right of the Cafe entrance”) as an Office Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development. I spend my days (and I literally mean days) here with other student leaders and assisting faculty and guests with anything they have questions about. Other than that, I am the treasurer for my fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. So if you ever see someone with giant letters that say “TKE“, that’s what I am a part of!
This school may not be the greatest with some of its professors (nothing personal Professor, you’re on my good side!!), the student involvement is great for the small amount of involved students there are. I highly recommend checking out what this school has to offer outside of classes, it may change who you are.
Also feel free to stop by the SAB to say hey or to learn more about what the school has to offer!!