What is Senioritis?

This is week ….. 15? Thus,  my very last blog. So sorry I haven’t been blogging as much, as I’ve been really busy…… having senioritis. The only known cure for this is graduation. However, that’s not necessarily the case for me.

Some of you may know, and some of you may not, but a couple months ago I got accepted to grad school in D.C. for Sign Language Education! This is the perfect program for me since I want to be an ASL Professor. I am more than happy to start my next chapter, but it’s been a challenge maintaining my schoolwork, knowing that I already got accepted. Worry not, my friends, it may have been difficult having motivation, but after all, I am a Polvere and have managed this far. I can do two more weeks.

Before I continue on, how many times can you say you know someone who will be taking grad school courses before graduating as an undergrad? Two schools at once in different locations? Exactly. Only this gal. I will begin my online courses on May 19 as a grad student, and graduate RIT on May 23 as an undergrad. Kudos for me! I am in a hybrid program–I will be taking online courses and on campus courses. I start online until this June. I am so excited to see what D.C. has in store for me.

But leaving Rochester will be bittersweet. Not only has Rochester has treated me well, but I have made a lifetime of memories here. For those of you who are new to Rochester, I highly recommend you to explore and see what’s out there. Go downtown. Go to national parks, like Letchworth or Chimney Bluffs (supposed to be similar to the Badlands). There’s always a bunch of things to do. That’s what the Internet is for. I know that’s one of my few regrets, as I didn’t explore as much as I would’ve liked. Also, please, please take advantage of the variety resources we have available on campus. We really do have incredible services, I can only wish I used it to my advantage more. There are always events happening on campus. I am emphasizing this: get INVOLVED. How often do you get a variety of opportunities being given to you in your face? Only at RIT.

College is supposed to be one of the best four years of your life. It’s the time you get to be “selfish,” and I say this in a positive way. By being selfish, I mean by being able to do whatever you want, simply because you want to. You’re finally on your own and you can make your own decisions and similarly have to take responsibility for all your mistakes and bad life choices. Go ahead and join 10 clubs at once because you’re not gonna be able to do that after college. Remember, everything you do on campus.. is pretty much FREE. How many times can you get to do awesome things for free? Or for a really cheap price? College is a time period where you have no real consequences that will hurt anyone else. You’d be doing yourself a favor, really. Doing things that you normally would never do, is the best thing that you can do for yourself. It’s the only way you can learn about your likes and dislikes and how you want to grow as a person.  

The great thing about RIT, though, is its support system. You have friends, mentors, teachers, advocates, and everyone else that you can think of, all right here on this campus. Take advantage of it and make the best out of that. Because who knows, but it can get you far in life, especially with the beauty of networking. How often can you interact with 22,000 people that’s pretty much on the same page as you at once? Only at college.

Try to learn how to unicycle, or how to juggle balls, or how to play HVZ (human vs zombies). Get involved with the most random clubs, such as the Beard club (if you’re a fan of them). Learn sign language. Learn other languages. Travel a bit. Or sit in your room and learn how to code/program. Or be on Reddit all day long, as long as you’re benefiting from it. Just do what you want for yourself and try everything. I know I did not try everything on campus and I wish I did. 

Here’s an important message: get drunk on some self-love and just do you for the next four years of college. I can promise you one thing. You will learn…a lot.

I love RIT and am more than grateful that I attended here. Go class of 2014!




Jumping in the air at The Grand Canyon of the East Coast-Letchworth


The T.V. looks smaller than it actually was in person. This guy brought in a 27-inch television to Midnight Oil (kinda like a cafe for those of you who don’t know) and watched cartoons and was on his laptop at the same time. At first, I was surprised. Why not watch it in his dorm or wherever he lives? But then I was impressed. He actually carried that big of a size to Midnight Oil??? Not many would do this. Then I reminded myself.. we have random people like this all the time. Only at RIT. IMG_4832

Downtown Rochester! IMG_4308

This was when I experienced RIT being closed for a snowstorm. The last time RIT closed due to the weather,was almost 15 years ago.. Here’s to making the best out of it on snow days!



Helloooo D.C.!  IMG_4878

Just for laughs! This is my friend’s goat, named Buck on her car in Michigan.

Peace & love, ya’ll

Lauren and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

I must encourage you, if you’re a junior in high school, to look into the EYF (Explore your Future) Program here at RIT/NTID. Attending that camp gave me the confidence to pursue a degree at RIT/NTID. The idea of attending college intimidated me at that point in my life and I am astonished at the number of wonderful experiences I almost missed due too my lack of conviction. If you’re an incoming freshmen with a hearing loss, and don’t know sign language, I highly recommend you participate in the New Signers Program before your first year of college begins. I know I wish they had that program when I entered RIT/NTID. I envy those who will still be at RIT next year, because the new  hockey rink will be open! I guess I’ll have to come back to RIT for a homecoming game, and check out the new arena! In case you haven’t seen the outside of the arena. IT IS MASSIVE!
On a fun note, this past weekend, I went camping with some of my sorority sisters. It was the first time I had ever camped in my life! It was a blast! Below is a picture of me with my “little” who I will keep mentoring, throughout her college career.
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of my last semester! Where has the time gone? It’s unbelievable how much I have grown since I first came to RIT. I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. When I was born, my parents were told by the doctors that I had three days to live, unless I received a life-saving heart transplant. Here I am today, 24 years later, soon to graduate from RIT.

I am grateful to the numerous professors and advisers who supported me throughout my college career. I can never forget the fact that they helped one of my most ambitious dreams come true: publishing my autobiography. One professor who has been very special to me, Mrs. Toscano, just this week was awarded the Four Presidents Award. I felt honored to witness her accept the well deserved recognition. The professors and staff here are amazing, and they will help you find advantages to prepare you into the future.
I look forward to signing the National Anthem at convocation. It’s going to be bittersweet! I truly feel like I will be similar to “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the various color stoles that I will be wearing on graduation day, each representing a special set of memories. I’m looking forward to it!
If I could leave you with one piece of advice, I would tell you to try everything available during your time in college. Take advantage of the resources and activities special to your school. College is about discovering yourself. For me, the quote from Ezekiel has been meaningful from my first days of life right through to today: “I will give you a New Heart and a New Spirit.” It was only through the amazing and divergent opportunities here at RIT/NTID that I truly discovered the energy within myself. When I entered the EYF Program, I was recognized at the Spirit Writing Contest. Just recently, I  was awarded the Spirit Award at a banquet. These reveal the hidden meaning in the passage: that while my physical spirit is powerful, the activities here have empowered a bigger spirit within me. Thank you RIT/NTID!

Summer Plans

Hey everyone again,

These last two weeks have been hectic! Everything from on-campus events to just catching up in some classes has been happening. While I’m excited that there’s only a few more weeks of school, I will definitely miss all my friends here at school.

This last weekend was definitely busy for RIT. There was Imagine RIT, ColorRun, and even the Residence Life End-of-the-Year Banquet. While I did not run in the ColorRun, all the pictures I have seen so far are awesome. I was able to be a part of the end-of-the-year banquet as an RA and it was a good celebration to show everything we, as a group, had done this year.

While it has been raining the past few days, I am definitely excited for more warm weather. If I don’t get it here in Rochester soon, I will definitely get it back home in Maryland. That brings me to my new summer plans. Recently, I was under the assumption that I would go home and work until fall. However, I have recently accepted a counselor position at Camp Mark Seven’s KODA (Kid of Deaf Adults) Camp. As a kid, I went to KODA Camp for about eight years, and it has a special part in my heart. Now that I’m older, I have the opportunity to give back to the camp that gave me so much, and let me tell you, I am very excited! It’ll be five weeks in the middle of the summer, where I get to connect with old friends, as well make new friends along the way. I will be counting down the days until it starts for sure!

But as for right now, that’s all from me. I’ll talk to you all in two weeks time.


Easter Weekend and More!

Happy Easter everyone,

I hope everyone had a good, fun holiday weekend. Let’s see, I’ll update you all of what’s been happening in my life the past two weeks.

First I’ll start with Rockfest! I carpooled down to D.C. with a good family friend of mine and we arrived that Friday night. I stayed at my home in Frederick, Maryland and ended up talking to my family late into the night. My family and I woke up early and started the drive down to Gallaudet to play in the soccer game. The game was competitive and fun and I scored in the dying moments of the first half. However, the second half ended up 4-1 with Gallaudet winning the game. Later on we watched the men’s volleyball game and ate at a local pizza place. Then the very next day we drove back up to Rochester. While the weekend at home was fun, I was definitely exhausted by the end of it.

Now fast forward to the week. I had a few tests in my interpreting classes, and in one of my Deaf culture classes we had a panel of deaf-blind students talk about diversity and their experiences. It was definitely interesting and sparked my interest in getting involved with deaf-blind interpreting. So we’ll have to see if I can take the elective for deaf-blind interpreting next semester.

Then for the weekend, I sadly came down with a sore throat, but still managed to have fun for Easter. I visited my girlfriend’s family for Easter and had a great time. There was great food, and her family is fun to talk to as well. Overall, it was a great weekend and much needed going into week 12 for the semester.

But that’s all I have for now, and the next time I post… it’ll be week 14, almost the end of the semester!



Heart Disease Walk & Relay for Life

I apologize I haven’t posted earlier this past week. I’ve been so busy that finally I have time to drink my chai, and type a blog on my laptop that’s not homework related.

 As I mentioned before, I have been looking for a summer internship. I received two offers since I last typed a blog. I think I am going to take the internship in Washington D.C., working in a congressional office.
Two weekends ago, I attended the Roseball. It was a fraternity dance and one of my friends asked me to be his date. I had a lovely time.
This past weekend, I attended the downtown Rochester Heart Disease Walk. It was so much fun walking 3.5 miles on a beautiful sunny day with friends, supporting a great cause. The same day, I attended Relay for Life on campus. It was quite a productive day. Below are pictures from the Heart Walk and Relay for Life.
My sorority is in the midst of pairing big and little sisters, whose relationship may go on their whole lives. It’s a secretive but wonderful time!
That’s all for now folks! It’s great to see the sun out in Rochester, finally!

My First Play

Guess what? I was in a play called Step on a Crack and had three performances last weekend. The first and second performances were awful due to crazy drama behind the scenes, and something happened to one of my cast members. It was so embarrassing!

Since this was my first production, it was really awkward at first (because I was nervous to be on stage) but by the third performance it was all great! I showed off my acting skills. I had more confidence in myself. And one of the crew members took over a role and memorized all lines in 30 minutes! Everything is possible. We all managed to make the audience laugh. Therefore, we made it through together and survived as a strong team. I was glad.

Oh, here are a couple of pictures below:

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After the last performance, I realized that it is extremely important to meet more people and get involved in events, so you can learn more about yourself and other people, too. RIT offers many events on campus so that students can get involved and have lots of opportunities to meet each other. There are so many words that I can’t explain about how I feel about RIT, but I know for sure RIT fills me with love and laughter. I, myself, am a student ambassador, and I enjoy telling visitors on campus about all the amazing things RIT has to offer. Choosing RIT was the right choice for me and so worth it!

Have a great evening you guys!

Super Stressed

As we college students say when we’re tired, good morning.

Yep, it’s one of those days today. I am exhausted and I am super stressed. Things coming up that aren’t going the way it should be is very frustrating, but that’s what you learn in college. You learn that you will be tired. You learn that you will be stressed and you learn that you will be frustrated. It’s very normal. Every college student goes through it. There’s no way you can’t avoid it. I’m pretty sure you experience it in high school! But life goes on and you can’t dwell on it. What I always do is, do the best I can do. Sometimes it goes a long way.

With that being said, I have lots of things going on this month, I have the RITz Dinner (which I mentioned before) and a conference called ColorFEST related to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who may be in the GLBTIQA community and both of them take place back to back of each other this month. So, the RITz is this weekend and then ColorFEST next weekend. It’s a lot of work, but I love it. I enjoy being busy and I enjoy being active. But it’s tough when you’re running out of fuel. Again, it’s frustrating, but I just take it day by day and do the best I can and hope that they are satisfied with what they receive.

Things will come up and things can be disruptive, but sometimes you can’t help but make the best of it. I’m pretty sure that everyone, including our professors and administrators on campus feel the same way, but we just don’t see it because then it may affect us so we just do what we can to not make it an issue. That’s part of college, heck, that’s part of life!

So now, I have to go back to work and take care of things (yes, the same things that I am frustrated with, not work but other things) and go on with my day and again, do the best I can.

You all have a wonderful week and I hope you are somewhere enjoying the spring season because I can’t wait to start feeling the beautiful warm weather! It’s coming around, slowly but surely!


P.S. I graduate in like 47 days (not the exact number) but I’m not counting! ;)

Spring is Here!

Hello all!

I believe the last time I posted was before break, so I have a lot to say now. So I’ll start with my break. After plans with a few of my friends to go to a beach house fell through, I decided to just go home to Maryland for break. The most exciting part was bringing my girlfriend home to meet my family. She signs great so she could communicate with my parents and even dogs well. (I even have six deaf dogs at home). We ended up visiting downtown Frederick (where I’m from), D.C., and the Baltimore aquarium. The aquarium was a ton of fun because I hadn’t been there for five or six years, and my girlfriend was chosen to pet the dolphin during the presentation. So overall, the break was fun and exciting, but the downside being I was just as tired coming back to campus as I was when I left.

It’s great to be back on campus again and to see all my friends, some more than than others. But after a few cold days, I think spring is officially back to RIT now and I couldn’t be more excited. We have Springfest, Imagine RIT, and warm weather ahead, so the last part of the semester should go by fast!

I also had an opportunity to work the accepted student open house recently, and see the new interpreting students coming into the program, and they were very excited to be here. It’s always exciting to see students again after their open house visits. It’s refreshing. But it wasn’t just and open house for interpreting students, but all accepted students at RIT. So there were a lot of accepted students roaming campus, great presentations for each of the colleges, as well as some free t-shirts. And who doesn’t like free t-shirts?

With spring right around the corner, the spring RIT athletic teams have started their practices and games. Our men’s club soccer team had their first game this past weekend, and sadly I couldn’t attend that game. We ended up tying Fredonia’s club team 1-1 (a good result to start the spring). Other teams on campus also have started, such as our top-ranked lacrosse team. So it’ll be exciting to see how far they can go this year.

That’s all for now everyone. I’ll talk to you all again in two weeks’ time.




Post-Spring Break Madness

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are having a great spring! RIT students are fresh off their first week back from spring break. I went down to Orlando, Florida with the baseball team to get away from the incessant cold weather and to play some ball! We pulled out some big wins down south, and now we’re back at school…which means the warm weather waved bye-bye to us when we flew back. Because of the weather, the baseball schedule of around 30 games is being crammed into only six weeks or less. It won’t be easy working on my classwork while playing ball! But I love it.

The weeks are now flying by us, and I have so much to do in so little time. But the proper term for that is…college! We just finished playing three games in the snow, and we won all of them! Go Tigers! Now I’m kicking back on my day off trying to rest my body and mind for the busy week ahead! Hope you all have a restful weekend!

Talk to you all soon!


Spring Break

Believe it or not Spring Break is taking place this week!

Ask me what I am doing, and it is pretty much applying for a summer co-op. For positions I am interested in, the deadline is in April. I’m really hoping to work for Senator Schumer or Senator Durbin. Whatever I do in the future, I still want to be actively involved in promoting organ donation and volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation.

In the meantime, it’s been great visiting with my relatives. I’ve been very crafty, making things for family members who are ill in the hospital. It’s been a little rough for my family lately. I do my very best to cheer them up! I made a blanket for my uncle who recently had surgery, made a pie from scratch for my aunt who is in a nursing home, and a cook book for my godmother. Hopefully watching for changes signaling spring is here. Tomorrow I am going to downtown Chicago, and I can’t wait!