Another Use For Duct Tape

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!
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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!
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Is it Spring Yet?

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.

Marissa

Happy Spring!

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!

Flamingo

The Semester is in Full Swing

Hello 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 homephotophoto1

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!

 

Exploring a New Cup of Tea

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham

Hi everybody!
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!

 

Back to School!

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.

America !

And here’s a picture of my American flag collection.

Wow, What a Week!

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve been really busy since then. Winter Break was extremely long and fun: I went to Indiana for Christmas with family, Boston for New Year’s with friends, and a few other places. We are now going into the fourth week of the semester, and last Friday I gave an individualized campus tour. It was a fantastic one, too. The high school student was interested in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences,  which is well known for programs in Photography, Industrial Design plus other excellent programs including New Media Design. Giving a tour reminded me of my open house tour, which was in November 2011. I know, that’s a long time ago, right?

The open house tour that I attended when I was a high school was one of the most important factors that helped me choose RIT. After I toured the campus I went to a student panel, and it consisted of prospective high school students asking a panel of RIT students  about what RIT was all about and what it had to offer. I knew after Open House that RIT was the place for me and I still stand by my decision. I love this school, and I can’t wait to find out what else it can offer me.

Sweet Stories for RIT/NTID

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014?  Whether it’s treating yourself to some chocolate or taking someone out for a nice dinner, I hope you have a safe weekend. I have been thinking of Valentine’s Day in 1990, which was the first time I was able to go home after I was born in December; because it was after my heart transplant. How ironic, I got to go home on America’s “heart day.”
This Valentine’s Day will be a little different for me. A man in my life asked me out on a date in front of all my beautiful sorority sisters a few days ago. It was quite dramatic, since he appeared by  jumping out of a huge red box that I had to open, and handed me a single red rose. Needless to say, I was speechless! I was surprised, and appreciated his creativity and thoughtfulness.
I am looking forward to February 20, when my sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, is hosting a fundraising event on campus AND YOU ARE ALL INVITED! For $3.00 you get to eat all the dessert you want! You can’t go wrong with sweets!
In the meantime, between classes I constantly study my lines for “Damn Yankees,” an upcoming play that I will perform in this March. I love the cast and I am having so much fun making new friends!
I better go back to reading “Much Ado” for my Drama & Theater class!
Have a Sweet Day!

My Very Last Semester at RIT

Hey everyone!

I’m so glad to be back blogging for ya’ll–it’s been a while! I’m so glad I got to experience a nice long five-week winter break; for the past three years, I only had, what, a two-week break? Maybe a little less and it was never enough. Experiencing a really nice long break my senior year is the perfect way to end my college years, especially because I had the opportunity to go to South America for a month. Now that I’m back, I’m already anticipating to go somewhere for spring break, hopefully Central America.

Before I continue on, am I crazy for going snowboarding the minute I got back to Rochester after a month of intense humidity and pure hotness? I was exhausted from traveling, but I needed more adrenaline; thus, snowboarding the day after I got back did its justice. Then came Monday, I started my day off going to classes as an extremely happy gal. (As far as classes go, I already had an exam two weeks after I started classes.. looks like my teachers are still not used to semesters).

I’ll say one thing though, I did not have enough home-cooked food during my break, because I didn’t have the chance to stay home long enough due to working a lot the first week I got back and then obviously went on my backpacking trip (after Christmas). I had an incredible time in South America and definitely plan on going back to explore more of the country. My Spanish improved a little and that’s always exciting to me, being able to converse at least a little bit to the locals in Spanish. Ultimate self-pride right there.

Many people said that five weeks was too long of a break for them, but I think it’s because they didn’t know what to do with their time. But honestly, if I could, I’d have no problem staying home on the couch with my family for five weeks. Even though that’s incredibly long and sounds horrendous, and knowing me, I cannot sit still and do nothing for five weeks, but as I get older, I realize I’m somewhat homesick and miss my family. I don’t know when’s the next time I can get a chance to lounge around and not do a darn thing at home. Especially for that long of a time-period. Amazing foods cooked by my dad and endless conversations with my ma and hanging out with my siblings is something that I miss and I look forward to doing that when the time comes.

Because my senior year is coming to a close, it’s time for me to think about my future. Hence, I have been currently in the process of applying to graduate school in D.C. and I should hear back in a couple of weeks. I’m excited to see what life holds in store for me! So far, it’s been great.

Polvere out

 

 

Kissing Good-bye to Sleeping in, Saying Hello to a New Semester

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on here! I’m fresh off a nice long five-week winter break, where sleeping in and gorging on mama’s home-cooking was a staple in my daily routine. As a college student, we are deprived of sleep and home-cooked food at times, and I was taking advantage of the opportunity to unwind back at home! I had a great break, caught up with my family, some friends, and old baseball teammates…but five weeks? It was too long for me. Back when we had the quarter system, our longest breaks were around three weeks and it was just right because we had just enough to relax, but not get bored of hanging around.

So, I shipped back out here to start my new semester! My first co-op is in the rearview mirror, and I’m extremely excited to be taking classes again. I’m taking it easy on the academic load right now, two classes for my major, and two for my minor. I usually take a light academic load when I’m playing sports. Baseball season is in full bloom spring semester, and I learned my lesson the hard way when I took on 17 credits on top of playing baseball everyday my freshman year. So, I’m looking forward to having a great time in and out of the classroom this semester!

As for the course content, we haven’t really gotten to anything yet. I think it’s because of the class times, we used to have two-hour classes but now we only have class for 50 minutes. That doesn’t give our professors a lot of time to mold our brains through lectures, so they’re taking an alternative route….homework! Don’t get me wrong, homework is very helpful in our learning process, but remembering that you have to do an assignment around midnight before it’s due….no bueno! 🙂

I’m gonna hop off the laptop and head to the hot tub to end my weekend on a great note!

Onward and upward!

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