How Could This Happen to Me?

I am exhausted. I just woke up from a one and one-half hour nap. I am trying to catch up on several homework assignments that are due tomorrow and later this week. Unfortunately, my motivation is going down because I am worried that I won’t be able to find my dream co-op for next summer.

For example, I found out that application for my dream co-op will become available tomorrow and it is due by the end of February. I am working on the cover letter and resume along with other required materials. I want to submit materials as soon as possible. The sooner I can submit, the better the chance I have to get it. The internship program is very competitive. The reason I want that job is because it is close to my hometown, so I can spend more time with my fabulous family. Another reason is because it is actually a paid internship with awesome benefits!

Okay, I’m not going to get my hopes up. If I don’t get that job, well okay. At least I have big connections. It is extremely important to network with people. One of the benefits of me networking with people is that I have a wonderful friend who is a doctor. She was the one who mentioned that internship program to me.

Not only is networking important, but we have awesome resources here on campus, too.  The NTID Center on Employment will assist students to find a job. My wonderful NCE counselor is assisting and encouraging me to find a job because RIT/NTID wants us to succeed in co-op jobs, so we can experience a taste of the real world and what it’s like to have a real job.

See you later, friends!

Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend was so relaxing. I went to a place called Long Point in New York  for fall retreat. It’s about an hour and a half away from RIT. The scene has a lake, corn field, small rows of pine trees and the road is single-lane but steep. It’s fun when you walk down from high road to lower road. You also could see trees full of orange, yellow, brown and some green leaves swirling in the air. I didn’t take a picture because I wanted to just enjoy the beauty of nature and be away from the technology world. I also got sick from cold. I rested a couple of days and felt better after drinking so much of hot tea and vitamin tablets in dihydrogen monoxide solution (which means water).

It is the 6th week already in school. I have a test coming up. My homework assignments and lab reports are starting to pile up more which means I need to prepare more and spend time studying. I want to turn in all of my assignments on time. Last Sunday I was so enthusiastic to see the T.V. show, “Once Upon A Time.”  Elsa and Annabelle showed up in the show. I pulled a single couch and moved it to the front so I could see the captions and made peanut butter and jelly to eat. It ended good. Back to square one to busy week.

I have class now . Hasta la Vista!



Hey everyone,

I can safely say that this semester has been flying by, and if it keeps up at this rate, it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas at that! As I mentioned last week, through classes and working as a student interpreter and as an RA on campus I’ve learned a lot. I’m gaining real-world experience as well as working with amazing teachers and interpreters to improve my own skills so that when I graduate, I feel ready to take my career to the next level. As part of my practicum as an interpreting student, I have the opportunity to observe other working interpreters on campus. With this, I get to see great interpreters at work as well as network and get to know more interpreters.

As part of Rochester Deaf Awareness week, NTID hosted an event related to Deaf-Blind awareness right on campus. And being a part of the Deaf-Blind professional elective in the major, I went to check it out. It was fascinating as I learned more about people who are Deaf-Blind and how interpreting is different based on the individual. It makes it easier as a student, when great events like these are hosted right on campus and are free, too!

These last two weeks also have been the start of the men’s club soccer season. Sadly, my team and I have started 0-2 with two tough losses. But our team this year is definitely talented and we are capable of winning the rest of our games. It’s great to be playing again because it allows me to escape work and classes and get some exercise, too. And on top of that, one of the players on the team introduced me to rock climbing at the Red Barn on campus. The Red Barn is a indoor climbing gym that has shoe rentals, bouldering, and of course, the rock wall.

I feel that while being on campus these last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many different things and grow as an individual.

Michael Conrad

My Goal Has Finally Arrived!

Greeting from Massachusetts!

How have y’all been? I hope your summer treated y’all very well!

I am so thrilled to announce that I finally found a fall co-op! What is that? It is a cooperative education position. Here is the information, Get it?

How did I find a co-op? Last summer, I never gave up on searching for a a co-op on the site Finding a co-op was competitive because many students from other universities across the nation really desired to get a co-op opportunity, too! Many times I did send my resume and cover letter to different companies that related to my field of study. Some of them were interested in setting up interviews with me. My advice to you is to always practice your interview skills before you get ready to meet in person or talk on the phone through video relay service. And if you’re not offered a co-op after your interview, don’t give up on your goal! Keep searching!

Finally, my dream landed with a co-op in government work. I got hired to work with the Department of Transportation Highway Division in Worcester, Massachusetts. See the picture.

Gracias / Thank you!



Back At It!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I think it’s safe to say that I had a rock solid summer. I spent it playing baseball for the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (Maine) in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. I spent the entire summer traveling and playing with other college players from all over the country. It truly was a memorable summer, and I enjoyed every second of it. But the summer went by fast, and this semester is picking up some serious speed!

I’ve settled into a nice little routine of 6AM conditioning with the baseball team, then taking on a 15-credit academic workload and playing some fall baseball. I’m trying to get used to the new things, new buildings, and new faces on campus. Like I said before, one of my favorite things about RIT is that even though I’m a fourth year here, I still meet new people every day. However, the long busy days are making the semester go really fast! I’m enjoying every second of it, even though I had to spend some extra time in the library getting ahead in school. Speaking of libraries…I’m sitting in the library writing this! Time to get back at it. Hope you all have a wonderful fall!

Flamingo out.

A New Year and a New Role

Hey everyone! A new year, a new semester and a lot has changed. Some ambassadors have graduated, and I recently recruited three new members with Erin, assistant director of NTID Admissions and Visitation, They’re sitting right next to me and I’m teaching them how to use the blog. Their names are Natalie Snyder, Sophie Phillips and Tyler Grabousky.

This should be a great year. I’ve taken Stephanie’s role as coordinator and look forward to the new changes that will come to me in the role. It should be interesting. I remember coming in a couple years ago as a rookie, and now I’m in this position, and I’m training the rookies. It’s a great perspective changer. I also wanted to mention how great the new hockey arena looks, it’s phenomenal. As a junior l look forward to what the next two years have to offer. I can’t believe its already been a month since school’s started. It’s been a blast so far. O.k., so I have to get to work, I’ll see you later!

What a great start to senior year!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a restful and happy summer! I know I did…well I don’t know about restful as much as happy, but I had a busy (but GREAT) summer! I did so many amazing things…I had the opportunity to go back to Italy with my parents, I took classes in Washington D.C., went camping a lot, got an internship at an interpreting agency on Long Island…it was great!

I am happy to be back at RIT though, and the time is already flying. In your senior year in the interpreting program you are assigned a mentor, and I have the pleasure of doing my practicum (what we call an internship) at the Department of Access Services on campus. It is fabulous. I have the ability to observe my mentor in some great classes, and I even get to do some interpreting (with her support of course). I’ll talk more about that in future posts.

Right now I am focused on my school and trying to figure things out as a senior (it still feels weird calling myself that) after a very hectic summer. I just filled out my application for graduation…what a scary thought. Its funny, my parents keep asking me to find out the dates and details for graduation…when it’s like the last thing I want to think about. I can’t imagine leaving this place that I have called home for four years. Its crazy that I have entered my last year as an undergrad student in the ASLIE program.

Anyway, enough with the sad thoughts, I still have plenty to look forward to! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Week 3? Week 3?! Week 3!

Hey everyone again!

Let me tell you, it is good to be back. I had a great summer but again, it’s good to be back at RIT! But first, let me tell you about my summer.

I went back home and got to hang out with my family after the school year, and about half way through I left for five weeks…for KODA Camp at Camp Mark 7. I was a counselor this year for the first time. It was quite the change as I had been a camper for eight years as a kid and going back was amazing. I’m hoping I’ll have the opportunity to go back this summer again. The kids I got to work with and the other counselors were great. They are some of my greatest friends. I wouldn’t want to spend my summer any other way.

Now, to the school year. I ended up coming to campus early for RA training before the new freshman arrived. It was fun to see all my old friends again as well as make new friends, too. But before I knew it, the week had flown by and the freshmen were arriving. Amongst those freshmen, my little sister moved in, too! Again, another week flown by and classes had started.

Classes have been great this year so far, although one of which is an 8am class…I am not a morning person but the professor and class are great. I have my 4th year interpreting classes as well as some electives for my Deaf Cultural Studies Minor, which is just as fun. In addition to classes, I also have started working as a student interpreter on campus. While it is hard work, I love it. It’s the first real-world taste to the profession that I have been studying for the past few years. I do some work in classrooms, small meetings, and I even get the opportunity to go on call in case there is an interpreter needed for a short-notice assignment. In just three weeks, I have learned a tremendous amount and can’t wait to fill you all in later about even more adventures!


Michael Conrad

My Week in a Spin

Hello People!

My week has turned a spin! A fun spin. I was promoted to another level of work and with that, I am able to interact with deaf and hearing people at the library circulation desk! My experience working there was positive. Students and professors were kind and patient. My new job is to find the book for them, give them the call number, and indicate which floor to find the book. Some patrons also come to borrow a laptop, a whiteboard kit, and check out leisure DVDs. We have new furniture to sit on, and guess what it is? It’s a bobbin! I sat on it and swirled in it! Wee hee!

People can sit on it all day and do homework or swirl to have a little bit of fun before heading back to homework

People can sit on it all day and do homework or swirl to have a little bit of fun before heading back to homework

Spin me away!

I live in an apartment for this academic year. I love to cook, even though I kind of don’t feel confidence cooking my own food. I need to relearn it again, and that’s okay. I like to learn! My good friend from back home sent me the most delicious banana muffin recipe. It was so good! I shared some with my friends, and took some for myself as a lunch snack. They liked it !

During the school week, I was very productive, and I am so glad to be back to school. This week my classmates and I learned to use the distillation technique, and made 1x buffer solutions. Organic chemistry is the most challenging course to take. We have to do a lot of math calculations and answer questions online. Especially the lab notebook, I make a lot of mistakes on it and yet it needs to leave it on lab notebook. I had to draw the line through it and put my initial and date on it. Every week we type our lab reports and upload them to the school website that we are assigned to for my courses.

Calculatulated the concentration before making the solution

Calculated the concentration before making the solution

At RIT I am involved with Hands of Fire and Vis Viva Dance Company. Today I went to CRU with the Hands of Fire team to a leadership brunch and we meet with several universities in town. We talked about how we can grow our community and have them involved with us. It was a great way to start our weekend with a warm welcome and free food! For Vis Viva we are doing a jazz routine and I need to practice it. Practice makes it perfect!