As I wrap up my final semester here at RIT, I look back at the last five years and what a ride it’s been. RIT has been the best chapters and I know that in years to come when I reflect back on my college experience, I’ll have countless memories. The last four and one-half years here have been surreal and life changing. Here are some of my greatest memories here:
– Finding my place here at RIT: Like many other students, I came in college with a heavy past I yearned to leave behind. I wanted a chance to start over and I got that here at RIT. Coming into RIT, I barely knew anyone outside of a handful of students I went to high school with or met through summer camps. During orientation, I made new friends, many who I met at the start of the year, and who I’ve wound up remaining close with today. They helped define a significant part of who I am today, and I cannot thank them enough for that.
-Running a student organization: I became the president of an organization here, the Asian Deaf Club, my second year here. It was a lot of hard work, more than I had imagined but with an excellent team supporting me, we accomplished more than I could have asked for. It was a huge step for my self-esteem and opened my eyes to my abilities. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to take the club at the helm for a year, as the experience gained was invaluable and one of the best accomplishments was looking back at everything after a full year and thinking, “Wow, I did a pretty good job here”.
– Joining a fraternity: It was one of the best decisions I made here. I joined my third year after careful thinking and ever since I said yes, I haven’t looked back since. I cannot tell you how many times I look at a fellow brother, see our relationship, look back and think, “Wow, we’re so close now.” I had a classmate in my class back in my first year here and I found him really odd. Fast-forward four years later, and I’m calling him my brother, enjoying his company as my perspective on people drastically changed. I have learned to not judge people and to see the good in everybody. Nobody is perfect and that’s okay. My fraternity is far from being the perfect shining model on campus, but I’m okay with that because perfection is boring these days, right? The bond I’ve developed with the most diverse people you’d ever meet has ended up to be worth it in the end, as their hearts go much further and beyond than sheer perfection.
– Living in the dorms, then an apartment, then a house: Living in the dorms honestly wasn’t as bad as most might make it out to be. Sure, you’re stuck on a freshman meal plan and don’t have a kitchen, so what? The dorms were the best way to interact with people your age and I loved how I could easily visit friends a few floors away or just barge in someone’s room to hang out. When I lived in an apartment, I realized how much harder it was to visit friends. You had to really make an effort and then when I moved to a house, I was virtually isolated. At the same time, I liked having my own space with a couple of awesome roommates and a kitchen! Yet, it was hard to have people come over, especially if they didn’t have a car! In the end, I enjoyed living in different areas and it was an enriching experience (better than living at home with your parents, right?).
-The day I decided I’d go to RIT: I was hesitant about which college I wanted as I had a short list. One of them was in Seattle, and I had this vibe my parents were pushing me to go there since it was their alma mater. The others were well known schools for their programs, but came at a price I found a little too high. Then came RIT. I had always known about it, having the admissions counselor come to my school every year to talk about RIT. I was interested but not THAT interested until that counselor showed us what our future could be like. The list of jobs after graduation was beyond great, it was outstanding and I was hooked but not reeled in just yet. One of my friends, who I’ve known since our freshman year of high school, had committed early to RIT. He asked if I did the same, and I hesitated. I didn’t want to say ye,s because this was a big decision. It was going to impact my life and my future. A while later in the year, I had finally made my decision. I wanted to do something radical, something different, and give myself the chance to start fresh. So one day I got home from school, I told my parents, trying to sound cool about it, “Yeah, I think I’m going to RIT.” The rest is history.
I have a couple more but I don’t want to talk on and on! I have RIT to thank for a lot, and to all of my friends/family for supporting me. Going to school here has definitely helped shape me as a person and working in the Admissions office with a great team has been a very enjoyable experience. I plan on visiting once in a while though, and the next chapter of my life begins once I board the plane tonight en route to Seattle!