I can’t believe the weather! Last week it was snowing–so cold no one would dare to not wear gloves. Today is beautiful, 45 degrees! I was thinking about getting out my bike and going bike riding! But then I though, maybe thats a little too much. Don’t get too excited though, whenever it is nice, it turns around and snows!
This week, my roommates and I decided to do a “random act of kindness.” On Sunday, it was bitter cold outside, but I had no food left! So, 2 of my roommates decided to make a trip to Wegmans. On the way there, we stopped at a bagel place and bought 2 hot chocolates– for the 2 people that stand outside on Jefferson Road holding signs for stores. It was so cold outside, I don’t know how they did it. They were bundled up as best they could be, but they still looked so cold. When we gave them the hot chocolate, they were so grateful. It was definitely the highlight of my day. We all look forward to getting, but it is really nice to give as well.
My classes are going good, not easy though! But college isn’t easy, you have to work for what you want! When I put in the time and effort, I am really happy with the results. Part of that is having good time management skills, which I’ve gotten better at since I’ve been here. You don’t have your parents or guardian around to tell you when to do your homework. You have to take it upon yourself to get it done! All the while spending time with friends, and sleeping! It is something that takes practice, for sure!
I know that it is the time of year–many of you will be receiving your decision letters in the mail. Maybe you aren’t sure NTID/RIT is right for you, or maybe you absolutely know…either way, come visit us! We would love to show you around our campus and show you the great things NTID/RIT have to offer! Just check out this page, and choose what it right for you: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/visiting We look forward to meeting you!
Enjoy your weekend!
So just an update about the last few weeks in my life. Classes are going great, as I mentioned in my previous posts, the professors I have now, have given me great feedback and I feel that I am learning and growing as an interpreter. One thing that I tried this semester that has been successful for me are my class times. I quickly learned that I am not a morning person sadly and the 8 am classes I had before were not the easiest to get out of bed for. So when choosing my classes for this semester, I didn’t schedule a class before 11 am. While I would much rather sleep until 2 if I could, getting up for my class at 11 am isn’t bad at all. So overall, classes are going great and the semester is flying by.
As some of you may know, I am an RA for one of the dorms here on campus, Ellingson in particular. And part of my responsibility is to plan programs for my residents and I to go to and hang out. One of the upcoming programs that I am a part of is called “Pancakes Sunday” where a group of RAs will come together and prepare traditional breakfast, as well as healthier food choices as well. A simple program that gives students a study break on their busy Sundays. Another program that my residents and I attend is “No Voice Zone”. No Voice Zone, aka NVZ, is a weekly meeting on Wednesday nights where you turn off your voice for an hour and just sign. Whether you are fluent in sign language or just know your alphabet, everyone there just wants to learn something new. Each week has a certain theme, some of the more recent themes being Valentines Day, countries, and even dream jobs.
Lastly, an event called Rockfest is coming up soon. Rockfest is an weeklong event where Gallaudet and NTID go head to head in different competitions, with the final goal of accumulating enough points to take the title. When the event is hosted on Gallaudet campus, its called Rockfest. And when it is hosted on RIT campus, its called Brickfest. Last year I was able to compete with the NTID soccer team and win our event of a 7 on 7 game. Recently the tryouts for this year’s soccer team just finished, and I will have the opportunity to play for the NTID soccer team again in an attempt to win again this year.
While it has been busy this year, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And here’s yet another America themed picture. Last semester I hosted an event to paint the door on our floor and of course this is what I chose.
It’s already week 6, which is pretty much past 1/3rd of the way through the semester. A lot of people have exams and projects that they recently completed on week 5 so this week is a bit lighter on the workload for a lot of people. I just handed in 2 of them this week, and I have one more this Wednesday.
School is really busy these days but in a good way, it helps me stay focused, and I recently started playing rugby in the RIT club athletics. RIT has a lot to offer when it comes to athletics, intramurals, and clubs. There are over 200 clubs here! If you say you’re bored here, you’re doing something wrong because there’s always something going on, movie night on Thursdays in Ingle Auditorium, DVA every weekend, plus much more. Winters here may not be pleasant at times but that’s why they offer so much.
Freezefest is an awesome week of tons of events such as broom ball, a John Oliver performance, tons of free giveaways, etc. Last night all of the ambassadors met and had a fantastic meeting for two hours, we tackled many things, and had team building exercises, plus free food, free food is always appealing to a college student! Anyway, I have to get back to work on this major project I’m working on for one of my classes.
BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! It is cold outside! I hope you are staying warm and enjoying ice skating, skiing or hockey during your spare time!
Our fundraising event, “Sweets for Sigma,” went well and I was happy that NTID’s President Dr. Gerry Buckley was one of my customers. He was accompanied by his adorable granddaughters, one of them was wearing a tutu made by moi’. Dr. Buckley is so good at showing his support of student endeavors; it makes sense he has a degree in social work, but his support goes above and beyond!
This past weekend I played in a Broomball tournament and it was so much fun! If you don’t know what Broomball is, it’s basically ice hockey, but you wear gym shoes instead of skates. It was so much fun that I played until 4:00 AM! I was excited because I was playing in the arena where the RIT men’s/women’s hockey teams compete: Ritter Arena! Did you know RIT is currently building a bigger and better hockey rink? Hockey is a huge deal around here.
I am still rehearsing for “Damn Yankees” and below is a picture of creative use of duct tape. There is a tradition here at RIT that duct tape is used in advertisements to promote campus happenings. The preponderance of brick walls probably has a lot to do with the selection of duct tape in creating notices!
I’m not sure if Spring’s coming early or it was just one week with good weather. I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature drops again and the snow comes back. As of right now, the snow has melted away and the thing about Rochester is you just never know when it comes to the weather! I have no idea if I should pack up my winter stuff or not.
Last week, I had a friend from France visit me. I had a great time with her. It was unfortunate that she only stayed for five days. I wish she could stay longer because there’s so much more to see at RIT and in Rochester. The first thing we did was check out the abandoned subway downtown and then we went to Dino’s BBQ for dinner–two things you have to experience when you’re in Rochester!
I’m starting to feel the pressure of my school work load because it’s very difficult to keep my motivation rolling. I need to finish my last semester strongly! I admire those who still have motivation and are keeping it up.
Time to kill this week and next week with a bang.
Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing great!
The past two weeks has been a total blur, spent a ton of time in the batting cages and getting schoolwork done! But the best part was that it started to get a little warm outside, and I could finally see the land again! Because it’s getting nicer (it’s supposed to snow again soon though), the baseball team has been getting some reps in outside on the artificial turf field. Forty degrees never felt so warm! The baseball season is going to be here sooner before we know it! Let’s just hope we can play with no snow in sight.
As for school, the professors are done with all of their lectures and assignments…so now it’s gonna be a mid-term week for me this week. So I will be spending many hours in the library this week! It’s just one of those times in college where you’ve gotta roll up your sleeves and knock every assignment and test out.
Until then, have a wonderful week everyone!
I hope you are all keeping warm! And if you live in a place where it is warm all the time, well I am jealous! Today, the weather is actually nice, but in general is it still winter up here!
I am finally in the swing of things with managing classes, work, extra curricular activities and friends–all while getting enough sleep! Today I had my first interpreting “sample” which is code word for test. Some of the professors feel the word “test” itself freaks people out and puts everyone into panic mode. I think I agree! So, we use the word “sample” because it is only a “sample” of our work that will be looked at. I think I like the concept better. What do you think?
So, one thing you don’t think about when you go away to school is how much you will miss your pets. Everyone gets excited to go away to school and learn new things and meet new people. You expect to miss your family and your friends, but I never expected to miss my dogs! It sounds crazy, but when I was in high school, they would sit at my feet while I did my homework, and I actually miss that. One of my dogs at home is sick, and it is really hard not being there. So moral of the story is–make sure you are spending some quality time with your pets before you come, you will regret it if you don’t! Here is a picture of my pets at home
All my classes are going well. I am really enjoying my ski class every Tuesday. It is such a nice change to get outside and be active, rather then sitting inside on a cold winters night. Did I mention it is for a wellness credit? How awesome, right?! I’ll have to take a picture next time I’m there so I can show you all!
Gotta go for now! Thanks for reading!
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham
I know I haven’t blogged in quite a while. As you can see the title “Exploring a New Cup of Tea,” I decided to try new things when spring semester started, and I happened to try out for Vis Viva here at RIT. It’s a dance company run by students. They make their own dance moves. I didn’t know I was good at dance. I had no experience of being in a dance club in the past. I got accepted which was exciting for me.
Above the blog there is a picture of a quote. I’d like to share why I posted it. Almost everyone in the dance company has between 8-16 years of dancing experience. I didn’t have any experience. Sometimes if I feel bad about myself for not having as much experience as the other members I look at this quote and I feel better because I have the passion.
I also tried another cool thing this semester….playing Yu-Gi-Oh cards. It is Japanese collectable card game developed and published by Konomi. I’m not an expert at it yet, but I enjoy playing it.
Lately, I have not been in homework mode because here on campus there is so much cool stuff going on. Next weekend is the annual FreezeFest event and this week they will be giving away lots of free stuff to promote the event. And next weekend there will be winter activities to partake in all day long.
Everyday you learn something new! Like today, I learned how to record a video for a presentation in “green room” as known as production room for my biology class. The plant I researched was Victoria Amazonica. Common word is “Giant Water Lily.” It is a very pretty plant. A fun fact about this plant is when the flower is white, it’s a female and when the petals change to pink, it’s a male. This was named after Queen Elizabeth. A Giant Water Lily pad can hold 300 pounds!
Hey guys! I know its been a while since I last posted, but a lot has happened since going on break and starting school again. But I’ll start with a quick highlight of my break.
Back home in Maryland it was surprisingly warm some days, so the short break from the cold weather in Rochester was great. The break also was good because I was busy working at the local electronic store, while still being able to relax from school. I was busy working about 40 hours a week around the holidays, but as time went on, my hours were decreased and I was able to relax more. Christmas day was great, but to highlight it, I got American flag pants, American flag socks and an American flag mouse pad.
Fast forward to the end of break, where I came to school a week early for winter training as an RA. Despite waking up early, working all day, and going to bed early, it was definitely good to see all my friends a week early. And then before I knew it, classes were the next day.
Classes have been fun so far, but also very busy. I’m starting to take more interpreting heavy classes, and gaining great experiences. The instructors I have now are great and also give excellent feedback and I feel like that I am growing as an interpreter. I’ve also started to take an introductory class to legal interpreting, which is definitely challenging but rewarding. So, we’ll see where the class takes me in the future.
And lastly, I have the opportunity to work with full-time interpreters to research how interpreters are tested and evaluated, as well as develop recommendations for future practice within the interpreting profession. While daunting, the experience has been rewarding.
And here’s a picture of my American flag collection.
So sorry that I haven’t written in so long. I have been very busy with homework, rehearsals, jobs, studying and repeat.
Last night I finished my poster presentation that is due on Tuesday. Basically, I had to pick a plant that I learned about in my biology class. I chose a plant that is called Rubus Spectabilis (salmomberry), because I lived in Alaska for several years and had so many good memories of eating that kind of wild and delicious berries with my good friends there. Alaska is pretty similar to Rochester because of snow! To be frank, this year Rochester has been colder than Alaska because of the strong and crazy cold wind! It’s not typical, but I guess you could say that the weather is changing.
Right now I am working at the Province (an off-campus apartment complex) while I worry about how much time I have to study. I have an exam coming up this Wednesday and a “Latin” quiz on Thursday and I haven’t gotten a chance to study. Obviously I have some time management skills that I need to improve. I am sure some of you do, too. Oh well. I will talk to you later. There are some people who are waiting for me to give a tour at the Province and sign leases. See ya!