ADC Cabin Retreat and 25th Annual Banquet

Last weekend I drove six hours with a group of students in a rental van to arrive at French Creek State Park in Pennsylvania for the Asian Deaf Club’s first Annual Cabin weekend. It was the first time in history that the Asian Deaf Club successfully collaborated with two other clubs named English Language Institute Student Organization (ELISO) and Asia Pacific Island Association (APIA). You probably have never heard of those clubs. They are both from Gallaudet. We had a strange start before we arrived at camp. We got lost for one-half hour looking for the campground area and it was really late at night. We tried to text other friends but there is no WIFI in the area! My friend, well, was hilarious. She saw a car coming towards us on the road. She jumped to stop the car and waved like she’d gone crazy. She thought that driver was our friend. I tried to stop her, but I realized that I had no energy to stop her. Unfortunately, she was humiliated and found out that the driver wasn’t our friend. One of my friends approached the driver and the driver told us that they got lost also! Finally, one of our friends found us and lead us to the right campground area.

When we, RIT/NTID, arrived, the first thing we saw was a huge cabin that stood out in the park. We ended up looking around in the kitchen and dining room because we were supposed to start cooking for a late dinner before Gallaudet students came. Later that evening, Gallaudet students arrived with a bus, and that was where the chaos began. No one was in control. A few hours later, it was getting better with more control. We had to eat late at night. Then we, executives/directors checked cabins. They told us that there was no electricity in each cabin which meant no heat. They weren’t expecting that part. Well, it is camping!

We decided to socialize with other international students ’till 5am. We ended up sleeping in the big dining room for two nights. In the end, we had a lot of good memories and laughter! It was successful. We will try again next year with better time management and more control.

 

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After I drove back for another six hours, oh boy, I was tired. I didn’t have any good sleep. I only slept three hours for two nights because it was really cold at night and I had to make sure everything was good with the students. It now affected me greatly in school this week. I studied and tried to get caught up with homework. I had to make sure everything is well with the Asian Deaf Club’s banquet planning and decorations. Asian Deaf Club is hosting its 25th anniversary at Shangahi Restaurant next Saturday, April 25th. I am really proud of my banquet committee for working so hard on DIY projects. We are making a huge dragon centerpiece, gold ceiling hangings and red roses.

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I pray that those will be done on Monday! I didn’t realize that as a banquet chairperson I had to be so bossy sometimes around people. I am glad that those dealt with me. I am really excited and nervous and looking forward to the 25th Annual Banquet Ceremony. I hope it will be as successful as the first ADC annual cabin. Well, talk to you later. Gotta study!

 

About Chinkee

Major: Laboratory Science Technology

Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.

Why I Chose RIT: RIT provides everything I need: excellent access services, lots of opportunities, deaf and hard-of-hearing friends and amazing faculty and staff.

Clubs/Activities: I am a member of Asian Deaf Club and I work as a community assistant at the Province apartments—conveniently located across from the RIT campus.

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, sewing clothes, working out and other activities that I can work with my hands.

What I like best about RIT: I love interacting with people from the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing worlds.

Favorite T.V. Show:"Breaking Bad," “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Masterchef." I also enjoy watching cooking shows on the Food Network.

Fun Fact About Me: I am a foodie and food critic. If anyone knows of any great restaurants in or around Rochester, please let me know, so I can give them a try!

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