Welcome Back, Students!

You may have noticed a few (or 57,000) extra people on the streets of Downtown Brooklyn this past week. That’s because the unofficial end of summer signifies a return to the hubbub and happenings of the College Town community (consisting of 11 local colleges).

Several students from the New York City College of Technology got a jumpstart on their school year by participating in the inaugural Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program over the summer. Sponsored by the NYC Department of Small Business Services and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the program placed twenty-eight student interns in tech companies in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A reception held on August 23rd in Building 92 of the Navy Yard commemorated the program’s success with students sharing personal stories of how the internship helped them transition into future academic and career plans.

“I learned to work on a team where the hats we wear are interchangeable,” said Rose Mary Perez, who interned for Electric Literature and spent the summer redesigning the company’s blog. “We exchanged our skills – design, page layout, and coding – and watched the project turn from an idea to a visual, tangible site. It was exciting! It provided real-life experience and expanded my personal network.”

New beginnings are also in the works for students of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (NYU CUSP). Mayor Bloomberg recently welcomed the inaugural class, comprised of 25 graduate students who will receive a Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics upon completion of a one-year, three-semester program. With backgrounds in over 20 academic disciplines from 24 universities around the world, the students will be immersed in the science of cities, communication technology, and entrepreneurship. NYU CUSP’s classes begin this Fall at 1 MetroTech which is equipped with seminar rooms, flexible collaboration spaces, labs, conference rooms, and workstations.

Meanwhile, several other colleges and universities hosted orientation fairs throughout Downtown Brooklyn to greet incoming freshmen. First-year students at CityTech’s recent convocation fair had the opportunity to learn about academic resources and student organizations. About his decision to enroll at CityTech, freshman student Michael Delia said: “I’m definitely interested in CityTech’s [radiological technology] program since I plan to be an x-ray technologist. I’m excited to see what college has to offer and to meet new people.”

Freshman student Shatima Baker of LIU Brooklyn echoed Delia’s sentiment about starting the school year with excitment. She chose to attend LIU since it offered her the flexibility of being a mother while pursuing a career in pediatrics, a field of interest given her experience as a mother of two school-aged children.

Beyond academia and career development, college was also widely hailed as an opportunity for personal growth. “I want to meet new people, learn to manage my time, and be responsible,” said Daurys Santana, an incoming freshman at CityTech. “I want to find myself.”