A Tiger Retires and a Hawk Spreads Its Wings

A Tiger retires and a Hawk spreads its wings.

Are you wondering what that means and why I’m blogging about a tiger and a hawk?  To rest your confusion, I have some exciting news!  Two weeks ago after I returned from a racquetball tournament with the RIT Racquetball Club/Team in Albany, NY, I came home and immediately checked my mail because I know there’s something waiting for me.

It was a letter from my dream graduate school for Physical Therapy at University of Maryland Eastern Shore near Salisbury, MD! The letter explained that I am accepted into their Doctor of Physical Therapy program! I was ecstatic and emotionally overwhelmed. I felt that all of the hard work I have put into my undergraduate career is finally paying off. I knew since my second year of college that I wanted to attend UMES and become a physical therapist, and now it’s happening! It’s great to know that I am already off to another amazing school and to be a part of a new family starting this fall 2016 immediately after I graduate from RIT this May 2016! Since UMES’s mascot is a Hawk, I will be graduating this May and retiring as a Tiger and spreading my wings for the next chapter in my life as a Hawk. It sounds so cheesy, I know.

I want to thank my family, friends, roommates, swimming & diving teammates, professors at RIT, and the NTID ambassador group/family for all of their tremendous support and love. I’m extremely lucky and thankful to be a part of the UMES DPT family next year, but I cannot ever thank everyone at RIT enough. The following photo is my happy face, eagerly signing the paper in a heartbeat, agreeing to attend their program in the fall!


Aside from my exciting news, I also had my first RIT swimming and diving team meet of the year, and it is my last first meet as a diver! We competed against one of the strongest competitors, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and I competed on 3M diving board for the first time since my Nationals Championships competition where I got injured the summer before I came to RIT! I did well and am excited to dive off 3M again. For the homecoming weekend, my brother also came up to visit me and see RIT for himself as he’s only a sophomore in high school! It was great having him around and I know he really likes RIT, he even observed a college class! You can see my brother, who is in the middle, in the following photo!

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About Natalie

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Rockville, Md.

Why I Chose RIT: Before discovering what RIT has to offer academically and socially, I had a great experience meeting some of my great friends from Explore Your Future (EYF) 2011. I met numerous people who are just like me and I loved the campus right from the beginning. The interpreting, C-print and notetaking services are beyond my wildest dreams at RIT, providing everything you need for success.

Clubs/Activities: I am a diver on the RIT Swimming and Diving team and an NLC math and physics tutor. I also am a part of the Rock Climbing club and Premedical Student Association. There are still many more activities that I want to explore!

Hobbies/Interests: Besides diving, I enjoy swimming, playing ball, biking, skiing, painting and traveling. In other words, being outside on a sunny day!

What I Like Best About RIT: This place has everything you could possibly dream of, both on and off campus. You can get the rural, suburban and urban feeling within a 15-minute radius of RIT. RIT provides amazing concerts, many club sports/varsity teams, hundreds of clubs, off-campus events and every kind of support you could think of. I fell in love with my major because the professors are so engaged, knowledgeable and have a great desire to help and get to know their students. My general chemistry professor taught more than 200 students in a lecture, and he still remembers me two years later! The campus has much more to offer than I originally thought as a newbie.

Favorite T.V. Show: I enjoy watching “How I Met Your Mother,” “Full House,” “Boy Meets World” and “MasterChef.”

Fun fact about me: I did a handstand somersault off of a 10-meter platform during my training for national diving competitions in high school.

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