“We Are UC” highlights the people who thread the fabric of the Utica College community. These profiles are written from the perspective of the subjects themselves.
Story by Chantelle Boateng, photo provided by Victoria Singh
My name is Victoria Singh, and I am currently a junior here at Utica College, majoring in psychology with a double minor in Spanish and computer science. I am originally from Long Island, New York, and the reason I came to Utica College was for the experience of going away for school. I felt that going away was the first step I needed to take in order to find myself and become more independent.
When coming to UC, I was extremely nervous about meeting new people and having to live on my own. I began to realize that I would like it here and that living on my own wasn’t so bad due to the enthusiasm I felt from the faculty, staff and students. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and welcome being on campus. Throughout my time here on campus, I have grown to love how friendly and welcoming the environment is and how easy it is to talk to the faculty and staff because they are here to help us, and they actually want us to come see them when we need help.
I am involved in multiple organizations on campus that I have grown to love. I am the director of the Utica College Programming Board (UCPB), and we host events on campus that bring in entertainers and hands-on events for students. The reason I joined is because I wanted to make a difference, and I wanted students to have a family away from home, as well as bring the campus together through fun activities that everyone could enjoy. In addition to this, I am a representative for UCPB in Student Government Association.
I am also the president of Women in a New Direction (WIND), and our focus is to empower women on the UC campus, as well as letting girls know that together we can accomplish anything rather than apart. Lastly, I am a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, which is a service fraternity, and I joined because of the close bond they shared and how they have the ability to make anyone feel welcome.
When I am not so focused on school and wondering what exam is coming up the following week, I like to play the violin, dance and hangout with my friends. I also enjoy meeting new people and helping people whenever I can.
Overall, after being here for two and a half years, I have learned how to be a great leader and how to make a difference on the UC campus. I have been able to learn effective communication skills and feel as though I have grown lot as a person. I definitely look forward to what the future holds and using what I learned here at UC in the real world, as well as seeing the great things that UC will bring to its students and future leaders.