Graduation: A successful, yet bittersweet end of a beginning…

Hey all,

As I traveled in the last month, to my sister’s college graduation two weeks ago and listened to her commencement speakers, I listened to what they were discussing and talking about fear. The fear of unknown, not knowing what is going to happen, and yet there should be some fear to drive us to be successful. As I was listening to that, I reflect upon my last five years here at RIT from when I came as a freshman and to where I am now. Even the changes that have occurred to me in the last year, was something I was not expecting to happen, especially traveling throughout the year competing in various competitions and attending conferences. As I look back last night upon my senior year, I ask myself where did the time go? All I could think of was the fun times that I had! With focusing on my academic classes, I participated in clubs, and competitions, practices, giving tours, and hanging out with friends, I look back and am thankful that I had fun and enjoy these moments that I had especially meeting new people and helping being a part of NTID.

As my friends and graduates that I know who will be leaving and starting their own journey,  the interaction and friendships and the stories we all had will be missed. However, I recently came across a quote that I saw and felt this fits perfectly.

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” -Winston S. Churchill

Our times here at RIT/NTID is the stepping stone and the beginning of getting our dream careers. The goal of obtaining our dream job will never cease, it will never end, however, there has to be an end to the beginning. College is a perfect fit to that quote. It plays the role of advancing and preparing us to be successful. After college, we can still maintain friendships, meet up from time to time, and always come back to visit our alumnus.

The memories and friendships that I have made here reaffirmed my decision to attend RIT/NTID. I cannot think where else you will find a diverse campus with multiple cultures and communication situations that present itself on campus that teach you how to be successful for the real world and to be able to handle any challenges that may be thrown your way!

I am going to leave with two quotes by Dr. Seuss and Tom Petty that best represents my thoughts on my friends and faculty that I know here. This has been true as I traveled and run into alumni and friends that I was not expecting to encounter! I apologize I don’t have pictures yet, my camera is broken so all the pictures are through my parents and friends who have them.

“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again” – Tom Petty

And last but not least;  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Senior Portfolio Walkthrough!

What is Senior Portfolio Walkthrough?

It is an evening reception to celebrate the accomplishments of our senior School of Design students as they display their work for all to see.

As you know, I am a current senior majoring in Graphic Design and will be graduating this Friday. So, I was told that it is “required” to attend this event, even though I really wanted to go since I went to the portfolio walkthrough for the past two years and I really enjoyed the event very much! Now, it is my turn! I just had my first and last senior portfolio walkthrough last night on May 14 from 5-7pm in University Gallery next to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. I invited everyone including my supervisors, co-workers, classmates, friends, and many others. There were also a lot of other seniors from Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design majors showing their work. It was really nice!

I shared my table with two other deaf seniors from Graphic Design. We got a lot of nice compliments which gives me a lot of confidence in my future!


Here is my portfolio of work and self-promo pieces on the table!

And it is not over yet. I will post one or two more times this week before I graduate! 😀

Graduation… To be ready or not to be ready.


So, this week is my last week as a college undergrad student. I feel weird knowing that today is my last Monday as a college student. Tomorrow will be my last Tuesday as a college student and so on. I had a lot of good-bye parties for seniors last Friday and there were a couple of senior receptions. We had our Senior Night last Friday. We had dinner, photobooth, shows, and more free stuff! You can never get enough of free food and stuff!

Yesterday, I went on a winery tour as part of Senior Week. Today was Senior Brunch (I missed it 🙁 ), tomorrow will be a luncheon on a boat, then a bar hopping night on Wednesday and finally, on Thursday, we will have a champagne toast night. Friday, we will have our convocation (for all colleges) and finally, my graduation for College of Science on Saturday.

Right now, I just submitted my final paper this morning and have been working on a take-home final exam then one more final (the last one ever) on this Wednesday night.

On top of that, I have to pack up my apartment, clean up my room (ew), and say more good byes to friends and especially to interpreters who stuck with me for four years. I have professors that I need to say thank you and goodbye.

I am definitely ready for the summer but probably not ready for not coming back in the fall. It is a bittersweet feeling leaving your second home.

With that, aloha… just because it doesn’t mean it is a final goodbye from me.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Concert = EPIC!

I went the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert at Gordon Field House, RIT last Sunday, April 28. IT WAS EPIC! With my RIT student id, my ticket to the concert is only $17! Only $17 to see such a famous artist like Macklemore, and even better, he rapped on campus!

The tickets got sold out about two weeks before the day of the concert. It’s a full-house concert. 6000 people (RIT students and faculty and non-RIT people) filled the Gordon Field House.


During the concert, the crowd was crazy and full of high energy! There were a lot of crowd surfing happening throughout the concert. Even Macklemore threw himself on top of the crowd and got crowd-surfed. Luckily, no one got hurt. Even if someone did get hurt, there were workers from RIT Ambulance (RMIT) waiting outside in case of medical emergency. There were also police and security guards stationed everywhere to ensure that everything was in control. and no one was breaking laws or hurting people.

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Finally at around 11pm,the concert ended and people started leaving. I went home and continued on my long paper before going to bed. It was a great concert, and I thought it was quite worth it to go despite that I didn’t really listen to Macklemore’s songs, that it was on a Sunday, and that I had a huge paper to write that night.