Down to the Wire

With the semester finishing up, projects are being finished, and more work is being due. My semester is no different. I feel that this year I have learned a lot, especially in my interpreting classes. I have great professors that have shown me what I am strong in, as well as areas I need to improve in. I feel that even over the last 13 weeks, I have grown and developed as an interpreting student.

Luckily, Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. At first my plan was to stay in the Rochester area with some friends for the break. But now the plan is to actually go home and visit my six dogs, and my family of course. And while I am home I will be working at the local electronics store for Black Friday. That is one of the craziest days of the year for retail, some say it is the fastest 12 hours you will ever work. The chaos and hectic atmosphere on this day is exciting and fun, while stressful for the managers. But, it will definitely be worth-while to go back home to see my friends and family for the first time in about three months.

While over the last week or so, RIT offered a ton of fun things to do like carpooling to the premier of Ender’s Game, the weekend filled with hockey games, and even a dance competition. I, however, chose to go to the RIT women’s “White Out” hockey game where students received a free white t shirt to wear during the game. I went with a few of my residents, and the game was great. We ended up scoring in the last minute to win the game at 2 to 1. One great part about RIT is the variety of things to do here. There are hockey games, movie nights, and competitions. The options are endless.

But I’ll post again soon, and when I do I will definitely update you all about how working Black Friday goes!

Truckloads of Projects and Nearing Finals Week

Hey everyone!

I just did a lot of work over this week, and I finally got around to this blog. I’ve been up late at night fighting my art projects like batman fights his street thugs. Anyways I just handed in seven projects on Monday, yep, you read that right…seven projects. Then I handed in another project on Tuesday, and one more on Thursday, plus, there’s another project due next Monday. The reason why there’s so many projects now is because of how semesters are set up. The classes usually bump up their workload if we are nearing finals week. After constant cups of coffee, and midnight snack runs to the corner store, which stays open until 2 am, all week, which is pretty gosh darn convenient (especially to those art majors who forget to eat all day due to working). I finally finished the majority of work due before thanksgiving, which is awesome because I depart for the garden (but not really a garden) state. It may be a lot of work but the positive thing is that its all fun! To be honest, I don’t feel like I’m going to school everyday, I look forward to going to classes. Well, looks like it’s back to work for me,

Catch you later!

Job Hunting

It’s hard to believe it’s actually November already. It feels like I’ve just begun school, only to be nearly done instead! Right now I’m trying to pass my classes and complete all these crazy projects while being active in the community! Meanwhile in football, my Seahawks are 10-1, and I’ve enjoyed following them on Sundays despite a few scares. When the games are too close, I just can’t focus on my homework, so I have to watch them finish the game before I can think about anything else. Next up, they’re going to play the Saints on Monday Night Football next week so that’s a game I can’t miss (and I’ll be sure to do all my homework before too, just in case)!

Last week, I had the opportunity to go visit a company in Pittsburgh with the NTID Center of Employment. It was a great experience as a group of us got to tour the company, Highmark and meet some of the employees there. It was a priceless experience and the view was one nobody should ever complain about! Check out the sights!BZIRawxCUAAdifA

I’m also a huge baseball fan so being able to see PNC Park was a huge bonus for me. After the trip, I learned a lot and now I’m putting that straight to work as I continue my job hunt. The great thing is that the NTID Center of Employment here at RIT is really supportive and they’re one of the reasons why the “job within a year of graduation” rate here is impressive!

With all this craziness with school, I’m going to enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break more! For this Black Friday, I’m going to finally visit Niagara Falls and check out the sights there instead of waiting at 10 P.M. outside of Best Buy like last year! What are your plans for the break?

Officially Carrie Underwood’s Sister

One of my hobbies is country line dancing. I truly love wearing my cowgirl boots when I can! I am excited to be registered for a wellness class in country line dancing for spring semester!

I can officially say that I am now country singer Carrie Underwood’s, SISTER! Just like Carrie Underwood had experienced in the past, I was thrilled to be initiated as a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma this past Sunday. There are many different sorority and fraternity opportunities on campus. This year, I decided to join the social sorority “Sigma Sigma Sigma” and a service co-ed fraternity “Alpha Phi Omega.” I love the leadership opportunities available through joining these two organizations. And I am thrilled with my new friends!
Below is a picture of me with my other newly initiated sisters. Since I have no biological sisters, this experience is a welcome gift!
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Afterwards, I celebrated by going bowling with them at Bowl A Roll, near campus. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending when one of my sisters bowled a turkey (3 strikes in a row). I was extremely proud of her!
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In the meantime, I do hope you get to have a REAL turkey this Thanksgiving, if that is one of your family’s traditions. Happy Pre-Thanksgiving!
One more anticipated joy of this coming weekend will be the reveal of my Big Sister (mentor). She has been extremely supportive as far as my academic goals, and AWESOME in the creation of surprises to tease me into trying to guess who she is! My ‘big’ also sent a card to my aunt, who just started chemo and radiation due to breast cancer, back at home. My Aunt was appreciative, and touched. I can’t wait to find out who my ‘big’ is, so I can give her a HUGE THANK YOU HUG!

Clock Tower

¡Hola!

Are you a movie freak? Maybe you are. I would like to share with you some information about my favorite 80s movie called Back to the Future. It was released in 1985. Every time I walk by this dorm on campus that has a clock tower on it, it always reminds me of the movie. Back to the Future is really a great movie! I highly recommend you watch it. After you watch the movie, you look at the clock tower photo, and it will remind you of this movie. 🙂 I don’t mind watching the movie over and over again! I love this movie so much. Now this fall semester is ALMOST over. Yah! I am thinking about watching this movie afterward! 😀

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Have a nice week!

¡Adíos!

 

Dream Big!

Hello there!

Man, this month is going by so fast! Just a few more weeks until Thanksgiving! I cannot wait to have some of my mama’s turkey. Yum!  However, that is not the topic of this blog. I want share with you a little about big dreams…

I distinctly remember one afternoon I was doing my math homework at the kitchen table, when my mother came home from work. I greeted my mother a kiss on the cheek and hugged her as soon she entered the kitchen. At the moment, I knew something was wrong. She told me that she was laid off from her executive sales position that very afternoon.  Surprisingly, she did not seem upset, but rather excited and hopeful for her future. Weird for someone who just lost her job, right? However, my mother was not really passionate about her job and she always had a big dream to own her own business. She decided to become a realtor and for the past seven years she is very happy and passionate about the work she does and basically being her own boss. My mother always preaches to my sister Jasmine and I, that the key to happiness is to follow dreams not money. She still reminds us that one of the worst things in the world is having to get up every morning and hate your job you do for a living, and that it is not a healthy way to live your life.

My big dream is to be a packaging engineer, entrepreneur, realtor, and franchise owner. Basically, I want to be a jack of all trades type of guy.  The key for me is being able to work for myself and have my own company someday. Anyway, about two weeks ago my business partner Patrick Seypura and I just found out that our business plan made it to RIT’s version of “Shark Tank” called, “Tiger Tank.” Out of the 50 teams, Patrick and I were in the top 5. We were so excited and we had a chance to win $2,000 for our business project. Our business project is the ThermoCheck, a smart fraud detection label that will physically indicate whether retail-clothing items have been worn and prevents retail fraud. You can read more about the event and our business idea here.

Last Wednesday, Patrick and I along with the other top 5 businesses, had to present our business concepts to the five judges. Boy, I was so nervous. We did well and we ended up in third place and won $750 for our business project.

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here on the campus of RIT, so bring your ideas and join us and remember to Dream Big!

Until next time!

Justin

Week 12: Breakfast for Dinner

What a weekend!

I just wrapped up an exciting weekend that consisted of going out into the windy city of Rochester, attending the RIT men’s wrestling match, making a late night Denny’s run, and spending a busy day with my mom! My boss let me off work early Friday night, so I decided to grab some dinner with friends and hang out for the night, and woke up early the next morning…by my standards! I got to watch my buddy Eddie, who’s a fellow deaf athlete representing the good ol’ RIT wrestling team. I crushed a Mascot (RIT’s signature sandwich…made with the elixir of the gods/Tiger Sauce) while watching the match. The Tigers beat Oswego State!

After that, I decided to get some work in with my teammates. We hit up the batting cages and took a few swings while the fans packed Ritter Arena for the women’s hockey game against Penn State. The Tigers swept the day…what a day to be a Tiger!

After all that hanging out, my stomach started to growl. All I could think of was….a breakfast for dinner at Denny’s. So I drove my buddies over there around 10:00 p.m., and I INHALED some french toast, hash browns, and egg whites. With a food coma looming in the near future, I decided to call it a night and conked out. My mom then stopped by in the morning to take me to Jay’s Diner (another popular place for RIT students–great diner and it’s open almost 24/7)…so I downed some more food and then hung out with her for the day. I love my mom!

Now I’m just hanging out, getting ready to attack Week 13 and enjoy myself!

Stay classy, Rochester!

Skip

It is snowing!

Hello all!

I hope you are all keeping warm! It is very chilly up here in Rochester! It has snowed a few times during the past few days! The other day was the first time this season! I looked out my window, and all the people in the surrounding buildings were outside whipping snowballs at each other. It was such a fun, festive activity for the first snow of the year! Here is a picture of the snow:

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As for school work load, I believe this week is comparable to the “Week 8” of quarters. Like other ambassadors have mentioned, I have a paper due in each class, along with a couple presentations. I have been a very busy girl!

This weekend I am going to the Bills Game! (See earlier post for a picture of the sweatshirt I bought to wear!) I am really excited, although now that it is getting colder I am starting to realize how cold I am going to be when I am outside all day on Sunday! I will have to layer up! Let’s go Bills!

I am enrolling for classes next week. I have all the classes planned out that I want to take, hopefully I get all of them! I have a 1 pm enrollment time, so I should be alright. (You get assigned a time by your year level.) One of the classes I plan to take is a skiing class! It is at Bristol Mountain. You get a pass for all the Tuesday nights, and then you can go ahead and ski at your own pace. A friend and I are going to do it, so that will be a lot of fun. I also plan to take the Community Interpreting class, as a professional elective. I don’t know anything amount community interpreting, so I hope to learn a lot!

Until next time! Stay warm!

The Cold is Approaching

Hey there!

Fall semester is coming to a close (already it’s week 12…where did the time go)? However, the workload is quite the opposite. I’m not sure if this is a semester thing, or the professors are still treating it as if it’s a quarter system because they are not used to the system conversion. Some students have been complaining about the workload they have and how they feel overwhelmed and blame it on semesters. It makes me wonder if it’s because of the teachers still treating it like they’re used to: fast pace, or we’re not used to having this amount of time to do homework that it kicks us in the behind in the end. I’m gonna be exhilarated when week 12 and 13 end, because in the meantime, I’ll be frazzled with very little sleep.

Besides academics, I can sense the change with the weather now. Winter is coming. It’s getting colder, which means SNOW TIME! Heyyy, Bristol (it’s times like this is when I wish our school was located right by Colorado’s mountains, like Boulder, so we could hit the slopes any day, all day long). For those of you who are not familiar with Bristol Mountain, it is a ski resort nearby Rochester. It’s been years since I’ve snowboarded so I miss it greatly and cannot wait to get my skills on.

Something exciting happened to me today that I’d like to share. I gave a campus tour today to people who were from Sweden. I was psyched to give a tour to them because I love international people and I think they are fascinating. I am so glad to say I learned a little bit of their alphabet and let me tell you, it’s completely different than ASL. Their “C” is the same as our “S,” just so you get the idea. They gave me a mug that had the Swedish alphabet and I cherish it already. Thanks to them, I have a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Cannot wait to have my first tea or coffee in that mug!!

Peace

Winter Days Are Here at RIT

Hey everyone,
As semesters are coming to a close, the workload is the complete opposite. More and more projects are being assigned and due. However, I like the concept of semesters as they allow more free time and focus on bigger projects. But enough of the academics. It is finally getting chilly here in Rochester. There have been a few nights with snow and the mornings are definitely getting colder. It’s a necessity to bundle up for the 15 minute walk from my dorm to my first class. I finally got the chance to open up my heavy-duty winter clothes, but sadly I forgot my favorite winter jacket at home in Maryland. But luckily for me, some of my residents and I are going to AMVETS for the Veteran’s Day Celebration so we’ll see if I can find a new jacket. The small shopping centers near campus are definitely a nice way to get off campus and just escape. Some of them are even in walking distance.

Over the last few weeks, the nights have been longer as more and more homework is being done. But I would say that my favorite way to relax and take a break from the work, is to grab a friend or two and head to the corner store for a late night snack. Luckily for us on campus, the Corner Store is a late night convenience store that is open until 2 am everyday. They have everything from candy, chips, and even milkshakes. On top of that, the store is actually connected in the tunnels, so I don’t even have to go outside. So as the weather gets colder and colder, I doubt my late night trips to the Corner Store will slow down.

Although my workload is getting bigger and bigger, and the weather colder and colder. I love this part of the year on campus. And for the fun of it, here’s a picture of my view from my room from the 12th floor here in my dorm.IMG_1621