Spring time

Hello folks,

Four weeks left to go until final exam week! The semester flew by so quickly. My “to-do” list is growing on a weekly basis.  At this point, I am starting to feel excited for the summer, because I plan to go to the University of Tennessee for my internship.

All of the clubs are hosting nomination nights and recruiting students for new executive boards. Being a member of an executive board provides many opportunities including self-personal growth and networking opportunities. For example, I served on the E-board of the Latin American Deaf Club. I found an abundance of support from my peers and help in finding my identity. I enjoy working as an active citizen and making a difference within the RIT community.

I’m so looking forward to the club banquets at the end of the year. Student clubs and organizations host  banquets to thank their members and look back at their achievements during the academic year. The different cuisine offered by each of the clubs is always delicious and marvelous. I get to enjoy these different cuisines for free, ha! I won the president/vice president candidate in the NTID Student Congress election.

The weather in Rochester, New York has been nice, which makes it hard to focus on my assignments and projects. I used to do homework in the early evening during winter time. I usually started my assignments around 4:30 p.m. However, I’m procrastinating on working on my assignments now and don’t usually start until about 8:00 p.m. due to daylight savings time this spring. As a result, I needed to change my study habits.

SpringFest and Imagine RIT Innovation + Creativity Festival are coming up in a few weeks. SpringFest is all about the campus coming together for a weekend of fun. Imagine RIT is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Freebies are provided, too. Thousands of people from the region visit the Imagine RIT festival every year. Come check it out on May 6, 2017!

 

Exploring Rochester

Hi everyone!

Lately, I have been so busy with classes, work and homework that I forget to take time out of the week to destress and enjoy myself. This past weekend a friend and I headed out to Lake Ontario Beach for lunch and to walk around! Take a look at part of the trail!

RIT has a lot to events and activities, but so does the greater Rochester area, so it’s nice to get out there and explore what the city has to offer. Student Wellness here on campus even has a free shuttle bus that takes students to Rochester’s Public Market on Saturday mornings. It’s all apart of RIT’s sustainability initiatives and getting students into the ROC.

Catch up with you all later!

April Stress Brings May Success!

It’s already well into April and we’ve had the normal April showers but today was a little bit different! With a high around 77 degrees, students took advantage and spent as much time as they could outdoors. Sitting in the grass, soaking up the sun, chatting with friends, grabbing an iced coffee, it’s safe to say spring will be here to stay!

April also means its getting closer to the end of the semester which brings added stress to our student body, myself included. I’ve been accepted to Canisius College for their Graduate program in Higher Education Student Administration and I’m currently finishing up interviews for Graduate Assistantship positions. Now comes the waiting game! More added stress for me! I’m also currently in the midst of my Capstone project which is essentially a final project before I graduate. Hopefully all this stress now will soothe when I’m handed my diploma!

Humans Vs Zombies has also started up again which is a competition where one person starts off as a Zombie and tries to infect other Humans. Students are prepared with their orange and blue nerf guns and green badanas, watching the humans try to make their way to classes while constantly moving their heads like chickens gives me a chuckle.

Hope you had fun catching up on the happening on our campus!

Honors Trip Update

Hello Everyone, it’s been awhile since my last posting, so sorry about that! It’s been a busy last few weeks, and I just wanted to give everyone an update to what I’ve been up to.

Last weekend I was in Boston on an honors trip with the interpreting program, visiting Northeastern University for their 20th annual ASL Festival and workshop weekend. The festival was so amazing, I had the opportunity to see so many different ASL performances! I was able to see Patrick Graybill, MJ Bienvenu and the hilarious Rosa Lee perform live among other amazing actors and actresses.

After the festival on Friday, it was time to get to work at the semantics workshop hosted by Dennis Cokely and Patrick Graybill. We learned about the meaning of words and I got a better grasp on how to become a successful interpreter.

We also stayed in the Boston Plaza Hotel, where I had my own room, and tried a few authentic Boston restaurants and eateries while we were in the area between all the festivities.

Nap in my room or somewhere on campus? Hmmm…

Hi everyone!!

What a week! We all just finished week 10/15 and it has been crazy and not to mention tiring! Guess I could use a nap… Not sure if you all have seen it yet but RIT students developed a map for places to sleep here on campus & I’m not surprised at all. A couple of these spots are legit… I can confirm. Here’s the site if you want to take a look at it! https://naps.rit.edu/

This week I had my poster presentation for my research for my Issues in Interpreting project. Take a look! (Ignore my bitmoji which pretty accurately describes how I felt about it that day).

It’s been a really cool experience working on research in the program! Next part is to write the paper…

Catch up with you all soon!!

-Brianna

Campus tours

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys are doing great! I have been busy lately because of school work, clubs, organizations, life, and so on. As you know, I am an NTID ambassador, doing the blog and also giving campus tours to students and families. I have great experiences giving the campus tour!

I’ve noticed that some families and students are hesitant to ask questions on campus tours. I always tell them that they can ask me questions about school, life, clubs, or anything else. I am more willing to answer because groups tend to be pretty quiet. Last week, I gave a campus tour to this boy’s family. We will call him N. N is planning to come to RIT/NTID in fall. I am sure RIT/NTID is more than happy to have him. N was very excited to come here because he did EYF camp last summer. His family was very excited as well. They didn’t ask a lot of questions, but they but they were really happy and laughing throughout the tour, unlike some families, who are a little more serious. N and his family were very amusing to watch. I noticed that N’s family was encouraging him to ask questions instead of doing it themselves. I liked how they wanted him to learn by himself and ask me the questions directly. Usually, parents tend to ask instead of students.

Taking a campus tour has a lot of benefits, especially if you wind up being a student at RIT/NTID. You’ll be more aware of what RIT/NTID has to offer you. Get to know ambassadors like me as well, because most likely they will still be around on campus when you arrive as a student. Taking a tour helps you understand the layout of the campus, find out about things like Tiger Apps for safety, see where all the buildings (liberal arts, college of science, and etc) are, learn about the library, and so on.

Today, I have two campus tours scheduled and I think it will be extra interesting – one group is from Ukraine!

Have a nice day!

Starting the second half strong!

Happy Week 8!

Today begins the second half of the semester! We all just got back from spring break- some of us got away from the northeast and headed south to the warmth while others stayed up here with the blizzard! This spring break I headed to Boston with all of my CODA (children of deaf adults) friends from Camp Mark Seven (not a very warm Spring Break destination fyi). There we got to explore the town and we also made a stop to Martha’s Vineyard (pro tip…go there when its not 20 degrees out…). If you don’t know the history of the island I would strongly recommend looking into it! After all, it is one of the contributing factors to ASL here in America! Check out my picture off of the coast of the island below!

For the rest of the semester I am focusing on my Issues in Interpreting capstone paper and research. It’s been a long process, but I got the O.K. to do official research and experiments with my topi,c so I am looking forward to doing that! More to come on that!

My goal for the rest of the semester is to swim more often here on campus and take advantage of our hot tub and sauna! Guess I’m really just looking forward to summer 🙂

Catch you all later!

Timewise

One of the most powerful dimensions in the universe is time. I have met this dimension and I live with it. I am always thinking about it and I know I will in the future also. Time management is a necessary survival skill in college. But beware because in college, time conspires to take away your leisure or make it feel more like a chore with personal errands that you need to do or perhaps meals you need to prepare. Then there are meetings and activities and pretty soon, my friend, there is no free time.

The true job of time is to push students like me to the limit. In order to exceed my limit, and that’s what professors seem to want since everything they want has a due date, I have this mental race against time. The assignment has to be done well and within their time allotment, then they decide whether my work meets their expectations.

Sometimes I wish time would slow down, but I can’t command it to slow down while I nap on the bed. It moves forward, relentlessly. I am getting older—I need to spend time on fitness and wellness and now I must adapt my goals to the amount of time I have. You can plan everything out with time but a last minute schedule change can screw up your schedule badly. For example, I went to a movie with my friends and forgot to study Portuguese the day before the exam, and time, or lack of time, helped me fail the exam. Lesson learned.

Independent media released a video clip about time management at colleges/universities. In the video clip, researchers considered students who frequently arrive at a class late would be successful people in the future. They have different factors other than just GPA that contribute to the successful completion of their goals. So, while time management is important, time isn’t the only thing that defines you as a person. My tip for you at a college environment? Stay one step ahead of time.

 

 

Spring break is near

Hello everybody!

I hope school is going great for all of you. It is going well for me.

Sorry I missed doing a blog last week. I had a busy week of exams and lots of homework. I also sit on e-boards for two different clubs, and that has been a lot of work lately. But here I am!

Spring break is near! Thank god for spring break, because I am sure everybody is looking forward to a break from school. I am going to the Dominican Republic for spring break with my friends and partner. In the past I have forgotten to pack things I need, so here is my advice for those who are traveling:

1) write down the things that you need to pack.

2) pack in advance.

3) ask yourself if you need to buy anything.

4) talk to your friends and see if anything is missing.

5) check off the things that are already packed.

6) most important thing is to HAVE FUN AND TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES!

Study hard! Spring break is near!

And the countdown begins

What am I counting down to? spring break & summer! There are 11 days until spring break and 82 days until summer and when I leave for my trip to Italy! This semester has gone by really fast and has definitely kept me busy!

The past couple of days in Rochester weather has been crazy, so it has been nice to get outside and spend some time in the sun especially after the long winter months. I recently went to Toronto, Canada to visit one of my friends from KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) Camp at Camp Mark Seven. While in town, I got to eat some delicious food (pictured below). While in town, of course, I got some poutine and I also got a Chimney Cone (“Doughnut Cone”) with ice cream in it. It was heavenly! I probably gained a couple of pounds on my trip to Toronto for the weekend, but I guess that is what the gym is for;)

Recently I also screened at a local interpreting agency and I am now an official freelance interpreter! I am looking forward to picking up some assignments off campus within Rochester. It is nice to think about how much I have grown within the program and I am curious to see where I end up post-graduation!!

Now back to getting some homework done! My ultimate advice as a student…get a passport and head to Canada for some great food!! Throughout the year RIT even has a fair that allows students to apply for passports!

Catch ya later!