What is Senioritis?

This is week ….. 15? Thus,  my very last blog. So sorry I haven’t been blogging as much, as I’ve been really busy…… having senioritis. The only known cure for this is graduation. However, that’s not necessarily the case for me.

Some of you may know, and some of you may not, but a couple months ago I got accepted to grad school in D.C. for Sign Language Education! This is the perfect program for me since I want to be an ASL Professor. I am more than happy to start my next chapter, but it’s been a challenge maintaining my schoolwork, knowing that I already got accepted. Worry not, my friends, it may have been difficult having motivation, but after all, I am a Polvere and have managed this far. I can do two more weeks.

Before I continue on, how many times can you say you know someone who will be taking grad school courses before graduating as an undergrad? Two schools at once in different locations? Exactly. Only this gal. I will begin my online courses on May 19 as a grad student, and graduate RIT on May 23 as an undergrad. Kudos for me! I am in a hybrid program–I will be taking online courses and on campus courses. I start online until this June. I am so excited to see what D.C. has in store for me.

But leaving Rochester will be bittersweet. Not only has Rochester has treated me well, but I have made a lifetime of memories here. For those of you who are new to Rochester, I highly recommend you to explore and see what’s out there. Go downtown. Go to national parks, like Letchworth or Chimney Bluffs (supposed to be similar to the Badlands). There’s always a bunch of things to do. That’s what the Internet is for. I know that’s one of my few regrets, as I didn’t explore as much as I would’ve liked. Also, please, please take advantage of the variety resources we have available on campus. We really do have incredible services, I can only wish I used it to my advantage more. There are always events happening on campus. I am emphasizing this: get INVOLVED. How often do you get a variety of opportunities being given to you in your face? Only at RIT.

College is supposed to be one of the best four years of your life. It’s the time you get to be “selfish,” and I say this in a positive way. By being selfish, I mean by being able to do whatever you want, simply because you want to. You’re finally on your own and you can make your own decisions and similarly have to take responsibility for all your mistakes and bad life choices. Go ahead and join 10 clubs at once because you’re not gonna be able to do that after college. Remember, everything you do on campus.. is pretty much FREE. How many times can you get to do awesome things for free? Or for a really cheap price? College is a time period where you have no real consequences that will hurt anyone else. You’d be doing yourself a favor, really. Doing things that you normally would never do, is the best thing that you can do for yourself. It’s the only way you can learn about your likes and dislikes and how you want to grow as a person.  

The great thing about RIT, though, is its support system. You have friends, mentors, teachers, advocates, and everyone else that you can think of, all right here on this campus. Take advantage of it and make the best out of that. Because who knows, but it can get you far in life, especially with the beauty of networking. How often can you interact with 22,000 people that’s pretty much on the same page as you at once? Only at college.

Try to learn how to unicycle, or how to juggle balls, or how to play HVZ (human vs zombies). Get involved with the most random clubs, such as the Beard club (if you’re a fan of them). Learn sign language. Learn other languages. Travel a bit. Or sit in your room and learn how to code/program. Or be on Reddit all day long, as long as you’re benefiting from it. Just do what you want for yourself and try everything. I know I did not try everything on campus and I wish I did. 

Here’s an important message: get drunk on some self-love and just do you for the next four years of college. I can promise you one thing. You will learn…a lot.

I love RIT and am more than grateful that I attended here. Go class of 2014!

Cheers,

Marissa

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Jumping in the air at The Grand Canyon of the East Coast-Letchworth

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The T.V. looks smaller than it actually was in person. This guy brought in a 27-inch television to Midnight Oil (kinda like a cafe for those of you who don’t know) and watched cartoons and was on his laptop at the same time. At first, I was surprised. Why not watch it in his dorm or wherever he lives? But then I was impressed. He actually carried that big of a size to Midnight Oil??? Not many would do this. Then I reminded myself.. we have random people like this all the time. Only at RIT. IMG_4832

Downtown Rochester! IMG_4308

This was when I experienced RIT being closed for a snowstorm. The last time RIT closed due to the weather,was almost 15 years ago.. Here’s to making the best out of it on snow days!

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Helloooo D.C.!  IMG_4878

Just for laughs! This is my friend’s goat, named Buck on her car in Michigan.

Peace & love, ya’ll

Lauren and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

I must encourage you, if you’re a junior in high school, to look into the EYF (Explore your Future) Program here at RIT/NTID. Attending that camp gave me the confidence to pursue a degree at RIT/NTID. The idea of attending college intimidated me at that point in my life and I am astonished at the number of wonderful experiences I almost missed due too my lack of conviction. If you’re an incoming freshmen with a hearing loss, and don’t know sign language, I highly recommend you participate in the New Signers Program before your first year of college begins. I know I wish they had that program when I entered RIT/NTID. I envy those who will still be at RIT next year, because the new  hockey rink will be open! I guess I’ll have to come back to RIT for a homecoming game, and check out the new arena! In case you haven’t seen the outside of the arena. IT IS MASSIVE!
On a fun note, this past weekend, I went camping with some of my sorority sisters. It was the first time I had ever camped in my life! It was a blast! Below is a picture of me with my “little” who I will keep mentoring, throughout her college career.
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I can’t believe it’s almost the end of my last semester! Where has the time gone? It’s unbelievable how much I have grown since I first came to RIT. I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. When I was born, my parents were told by the doctors that I had three days to live, unless I received a life-saving heart transplant. Here I am today, 24 years later, soon to graduate from RIT.

I am grateful to the numerous professors and advisers who supported me throughout my college career. I can never forget the fact that they helped one of my most ambitious dreams come true: publishing my autobiography. One professor who has been very special to me, Mrs. Toscano, just this week was awarded the Four Presidents Award. I felt honored to witness her accept the well deserved recognition. The professors and staff here are amazing, and they will help you find advantages to prepare you into the future.
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I look forward to signing the National Anthem at convocation. It’s going to be bittersweet! I truly feel like I will be similar to “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the various color stoles that I will be wearing on graduation day, each representing a special set of memories. I’m looking forward to it!
If I could leave you with one piece of advice, I would tell you to try everything available during your time in college. Take advantage of the resources and activities special to your school. College is about discovering yourself. For me, the quote from Ezekiel has been meaningful from my first days of life right through to today: “I will give you a New Heart and a New Spirit.” It was only through the amazing and divergent opportunities here at RIT/NTID that I truly discovered the energy within myself. When I entered the EYF Program, I was recognized at the Spirit Writing Contest. Just recently, I  was awarded the Spirit Award at a banquet. These reveal the hidden meaning in the passage: that while my physical spirit is powerful, the activities here have empowered a bigger spirit within me. Thank you RIT/NTID!

Summer Plans

Hey everyone again,

These last two weeks have been hectic! Everything from on-campus events to just catching up in some classes has been happening. While I’m excited that there’s only a few more weeks of school, I will definitely miss all my friends here at school.

This last weekend was definitely busy for RIT. There was Imagine RIT, ColorRun, and even the Residence Life End-of-the-Year Banquet. While I did not run in the ColorRun, all the pictures I have seen so far are awesome. I was able to be a part of the end-of-the-year banquet as an RA and it was a good celebration to show everything we, as a group, had done this year.

While it has been raining the past few days, I am definitely excited for more warm weather. If I don’t get it here in Rochester soon, I will definitely get it back home in Maryland. That brings me to my new summer plans. Recently, I was under the assumption that I would go home and work until fall. However, I have recently accepted a counselor position at Camp Mark Seven’s KODA (Kid of Deaf Adults) Camp. As a kid, I went to KODA Camp for about eight years, and it has a special part in my heart. Now that I’m older, I have the opportunity to give back to the camp that gave me so much, and let me tell you, I am very excited! It’ll be five weeks in the middle of the summer, where I get to connect with old friends, as well make new friends along the way. I will be counting down the days until it starts for sure!

But as for right now, that’s all from me. I’ll talk to you all in two weeks time.

Michael