What a surreal and exciting time, as many of you are likely starting new classes and meeting new people (remember, this is your time, your new chapter to fill out) while others may be preparing to make the most of their last year..I can’t believe this is mine! But enough of that-there’s yet another whole year ahead that I get to spend with this amazing RIT/NTID family we have, thank goodness.
In the meantime, there’s so much energy and excitement in the air here, now that everyone has returned from their summer breaks! Whether spent perhaps traveling or trying something new; Netflix-binging (or finally catching up on our beauty sleep) on those cozy rainy days; or simply enjoying time with friends and family, I hope everyone had an amazing summer. 🙂
It’s been said that sometimes even the little things can bring the most joy- this applies especially to me in describing my summer of “relaxed simplicity”, which was truly about doing all the little things I love doing, but perhaps don’t usually have time for! This included revisiting my favorite hiking trails again; getting back into yoga with my mom and sister (we spent most of this collapsing in laughter over our “lack” of balance); and making tons of fun, new memories with family and friends! On top of spontaneous road trips with my siblings to the beach, I got to spend July 4th in THE best fashion- with the amazing Natalie Snyder and our friends in Washington D.C!
I’ve also apparently converted over to Red-Sox-ism this summer, following my firstRed Sox game, which with all the game spirit and Boston pride, made for an awesome time!
It’s not until we get back to RIT campus, however, that we realize how much we missed our other family…here! It seems so bittersweet because each year, we reflect on how far we’ve come, and all of our accomplishments- whether academically or simply as people. For me personally, I can’t imagine there ever being an end to the RIT/NTID family we share- but it’s when we don’t want things to be over that we know we’re in the right place.
I remember when I experienced this for the first time, during my first visit to RIT during the 2011 Fall Open House weekend…how long ago this date suddenly seems now!
But it’s truly because of the people I met, and the experience I had during that first visit, that brought me to RIT. Even more so with the friends made- when our tour was over, the people in my group and I had to practically be separated by our parents (they bribed us with ice cream at one point) because we didn’t want to leave! Take it from the formerly computer-illiterate girl who had to be talked into looking at the “technology” school, prior to her first visit- exceeding above and beyond my farthest expectations, RIT felt immediately like home.
Now having returned for my fourth year, I look at the freshmen and it brings such a big smile to my face because they have no idea what’s in store for them, all the adventures, the challenges they’ll conquer and the memories they’ll make.
This one in particular brings me back to one of my favorites, taken during my 2011 visit with my to-be roommate Molly (guess how we met..on that same first tour) and the wonderful Erin Kane, RIT/NTID assistant director of Admissions and Visitation.
Expect many more photos to come, as I continue keeping you all updated- I find taking photos as much as you can throughout the year, not only preserves the memories but ultimately makes a fantastic photo album for flipping back through later on and seeing how far you’ve come!
Until next time, hope to see you all at the upcoming Mud Tug event- the only time of year where rolling around in the mud with your friends is socially acceptable! 😉
(please enjoy this photo capturing my old team’s “valiant efforts” in a muddy tug-of-war- can you spy a mud-covered Sophie?)