Spring Break

Believe it or not Spring Break is taking place this week!

Ask me what I am doing, and it is pretty much applying for a summer co-op. For positions I am interested in, the deadline is in April. I’m really hoping to work for Senator Schumer or Senator Durbin. Whatever I do in the future, I still want to be actively involved in promoting organ donation and volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation.

In the meantime, it’s been great visiting with my relatives. I’ve been very crafty, making things for family members who are ill in the hospital. It’s been a little rough for my family lately. I do my very best to cheer them up! I made a blanket for my uncle who recently had surgery, made a pie from scratch for my aunt who is in a nursing home, and a cook book for my godmother. Hopefully watching for changes signaling spring is here. Tomorrow I am going to downtown Chicago, and I can’t wait!

ALOHA!

 

Lola Heads to Niagara Falls

I HAD AN AMAZING TIME THIS PAST WEEKEND! I don’t know which was my favorite: going to Niagara Falls with many of my family members who visited from out of state, visiting Corning’s glass blowing exhibit, taking my brother to Java Wally’s on campus, or treating the family to outstanding carrot cake, made in Rochester!

We were all excited about the day trip to Niagara Falls, because for the second time this winter, the polar vortex created amazing cave like formations, where the steam arose from the plunging waterfalls. Walkways I trod last April were closed due to deep snow. Below is a picture with some of my family members spelling “Frozen” to remember this family adventure.

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This past weekend I performed my final college theater performance as “Lola” in Damn Yankees. My favorite part was my entrance on stage, because I got to ride on top of a red car, along with my amazing voice actress. What I really like about NTID Panara Theater, and what I will TRULY miss, is that I enjoy the opportunity to interact with students and community members. In this positive atmosphere, deaf, hard-of hearing and hearing work together on a project that may not be related to their primary studies. I signed my lines, while my hearing partner (who happens to be majoring in electrical engineering) voices or sings what I am signing. What’s even more fun is that my voice actress and I synchronized our dance, making me feel that we were mirrored twins.

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On My Way to Maryland

As you have may have  seen in other ambassador’s blogs, RIT did have a snow day last Wednesday. Ironically, on the day before, the weather was great. It was sunny, warm, and I even saw some students in shirts and shorts on campus.  And while some friends took the opportunity to go out sledding, I took advantage and slept in late that day. A nice break to one of the last weeks before spring break.

Despite the weather, spring break is right around the corner. Luckily for me, I get to go home to Maryland for the break. where it’s hopefully a little warmer than it is here. I’ll be home for one week, just enough to recharge my batteries, and get back to school relaxed. And plus, I think a week with six dogs at home will be fun too.

Now onto my classwork. While my legal interpreting class at the beginning the year was stressful, after learning more about legal research, I am starting to enjoy it more and more. What I love about the interpreting program is the variety of classes that you can take. There’s a legal interpreting class, a community interpreting class, educational interpreting class, as well as a class that introduces medical interpreting. While these classes don’t make you an expert in their respective fields, they do introduce that scene of interpreting and may ignite an interest in that topic. And on top of that, the faculty we have are excellent as well.

Lastly, I have a few programs in the making for my floor. While we just finished a pancake program, a few other RAs and I are planning a dodge ball tournament, a movie night, and a night at the Ritz. The Ritz is a game area on campus that has different game systems, ping pong tables and a pool table as well. All exciting stuff. And the next time I post again, I’ll be back from Maryland!

Snowed in on a Wednesday and off to Spring Break

Well, it’s four days before I leave for home to nice and sunny New Jersey which is supposed to be in the 60s that week of spring break, compared to the brisk 20s we have outside here in Rochester right now. It should be great.

We had really great weather last Tuesday. It was warm, people were outside, spring was coming. Then all of a sudden on Wednesday, one of the worst storms arrived that I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how much snow fell in a single day…22 inches in one day, crazy stuff. I was snowed in and spent all day with friends while RIT was closed, which is very rare, so it was a nice surprise.

Last Friday we had the March Open House. It went great! I met many wonderful people, We gave campus tours and held a student panel. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is when some of the student ambassadors (like me) answer questions from the visiting high school students such as what is there to do in Rochester, what happens on campus, etc. I enjoyed that a lot.

Right now I’m in high intensity work mode because I have a lot of work to do before classes this week, due to the snow day and spring break coming up. There are projects to finish, exams to take, time for me to get to work.

So I’ll see you all later!

Dylan

RIT Closes Due to Weather

RIT is officially closed due to the weather!

RIT didn’t close first thing in the morning, though. I had my 8:00 a.m. class, but around 10:00 a.m., we found out through RIT email and the website that there was a blizzard warning in effect and all classes and activities were cancelled. Now people will be able to catch up on some homework or other needed things. As for me, I just wanted to walk through the blizzard and that’s what I did. Call me crazy, but it is fun.

I want to take a nap before I leave for work at 4 p.m. Talk to you later. Be safe everyone and stay warm.

Charades!

That sounds fun doesn’t it? Well, it’s more hysterical watching someone trying to explain what they saw on their paper. What the game is about, one person has to stand in front of a group of people and describe what they have without signing, just gesture and movements! Like for example, Safari, that’s a tough word to describe but she’ll have to show movements of like lions and giraffes, and a bus, etc. That’s tough but it’s fun, and again, funny!

Here is a picture below that I took…

Photo: Playing charades with the senators! #100happydays day 23!

The girl standing in the photo in the blue shirt that says NTID Business Club is the one trying to explain what she saw on the paper she selected. The guy in the orange shirt is my cross-registered senator (a student government member who represents deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the other colleges of RIT) making sure they are following the rules and not cheating!

Why is this here? Well, every other Friday, there’s always an event in the CSD SDC (Student Development Center). There is either a PHH (Pulse Happy Hour) or BHH (Bam Happy Hour).

Pulse Happy Hour is more of mix and mingle with students exhibiting at tables with their organization such as NTID Business Club or Asian Deaf Club, etc. But for Bam Happy Hour, it’s all games. No tables, just mix and mingle and play games and have fun!

So, charades was a BHH event hosted by Student Government with the guy in the orange shirt. He’s not the only one running the “show” but he’s one of them.

I look forward to more BHH as I love games! Competition is a part of me, so I like to compete and win!

Okay, I have to go back to school. I had a little bit of fun but now, the fun is over.

Have a good week!

-Stephanie

Tis’ the Season!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are enjoying the sunny days here in Rochester! This past week has been an absolute blur. I was still fried from the back-to-back-to-back-to-back midterm exams the week before. So the course load lightened up as we try to learn some more stuff. The classes aren’t easy, but I’ve been learning so much lately. It’s pretty awesome.

As for baseball…the season is opening up this Tuesday! I’ve been looking forward to this all year long! I’m excited to see how our team is going to do this year, we’ve put a lot of work in the classroom, the weight room, and in the batting cages. This year, we will surprise a lot of people! I just got out of baseball practice, and I’ve got a long list of chores/errands to run before the 7:30 a.m. alarm rings tomorrow morning! Have a wonderful week, everyone! Dominate the week!

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Spring Season is on its Way to Rochester!

¡Hola a todos!

I was madly happy with a beautiful weather! At RIT, there was still remaining snow that will be gone soon. ¿Por qué? Spring is on its way to Rochester in a few weeks! However, in Rochester, signs of winter won’t be gone until the end of the April. ¿Qué? Yeah, I know it is not normal weather, but that is so Rochester! For all visitors or accepted RIT students-to-be, you will be fine and you will love Rochester.

In RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, I have been doing great! My major, Civil Engineering Technology, is increasingly challenging for me. It made me analyze with extra times with different concepts of soils and structures. Everyday, I won’t give up my education until I finish my bachelor’s of science degree! Approximately 430 days left to go to graduation for me!

Have a wonderful week! Keep studying and working hard to be successful!

This Weather!

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 that’s 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, two of my roommates decided to make a trip to Wegmans supermarket. On the way there, we stopped at a bagel place and bought two hot chocolates– for the two 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 RIT/NTID 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 RIT/NTID have to offer! Just check out this page, and choose what it right for you. We look forward to meeting you!

Enjoy your weekend!

Rockfest Tryouts

Hey everyone,

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 a.m. 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 a.m. While I would much rather sleep until 2 p.m. if I could, getting up for my class at 11 a.m. 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 week-long 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.

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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.