I hope you all had a lovely break! I sure did. It was so nice to spend some time with my family and friends after a very stressful semester. I did a few fun things over break: I was able to go to Aruba with my parents for a week, and then I went skiing in PA for a few days. It was very odd going from hot to cold in just a few days. My body was thrown, that’s for sure!
We started classes last week, Monday, January 26. This semester I am taking some really cool classes: English to ASL, ASL to English, American Deaf History, Community Interpreting, Leading in a Global Environment (online) and Skiing! I love them all so far. Last semester, in my interpreting classes, we focused on Consecutive Interpreting (when the speaker speaks in “paragraphs” or “chunks” and you interpret it all once they are done). This semester, we are learning how to Simultaneously Interpret (when the interpreter is interpreting at the same time as more information is being presented by the speaker). It is quite a shift and I am really looking forward to it. I am really enjoying my online class as well! This week, one of our various assignments is to watch the movie Gran Torino. Have you ever seen it? We then have to analyze it for leadership skills the main character uses. What a different way of looking at leadership! I love that we are able to incorporate recent media in with older things too.
As for my ski class, I love it! On Tuesday, my friends and I drove to Bristol Mountain (with help from our ski instructor after we got very lost. He had to give us turn by turn directions after that!) When we finally made it (two hours later for a 40-minute drive!), we were so excited to finally put on our equipment and get going! This class counts as a Wellness credit at RIT. You need two Wellness credits to graduate (and they are based on attendance, not on athletic ability, so if you aren’t athletic–don’t worry!) I already have my two wellness credits, but I had an open night on my schedule (we ski/snowboard every Tuesday night) so I figured I would take advantage of it! So far it has been great! If you want to check out the mountain for yourself, here is the website link.
I’ll post more at another time! Thanks for reading!