And My Senior Year Is Here!

Wow. Where did the time go?! I am now in my 5th and final year at RIT! It’s amazing how far I’ve come! So, this year, we switched from quarters (which was a 10-week term) to semesters (which is now a 15-week term). I actually like it! Instead of having class for 2 full hours 2 days a week, I have 1 hour class 3 days a week. I actually benefit better rather than having to be restless in my seat waiting for class to be finished. I also have my Senior Capstone this semester as well.

What is Senior Capstone you may ask? It’s my final project, paper and thesis. This is a required course for me in order to graduate. Everyone (I think) is required one but everyone is different. Suppose you are a graphic design major, you won’t have to write a paper but you may have to design a big project. Every major is different. Mine just happens to be similar to some other majors. I believe Psychology has the same thing but our topic is focused on wedding planning as Hospitality Management is my major and fieldwork of hospitality is entertainment and event management.

I am definitely excited to complete my paper and get ready for graduation. In fact, I have 258 days until I graduate! Yes, I love counting. But I actually have an app (thanks to a graduated ambassador for showing me this app on my phone) that counts down the days for me. At least I didn’t have to count by the calender!

I am now off to one of my favorite events of the year, Applefest! It’s an annual event with all types of apple foods! Apples with chocolate, marshmallow, caramel. Yummy! Sounds delicious! Pictures will be posted next time!

Chao!

About Stephanie

Major: International Hospitality and Service Management

Hometown: Jackson, N.J.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT for a few reasons. One reason is because of the outstanding access services. RIT has more than 100 interpreters on campus that are available for classes, events and meetings for clubs and organizations. Another reason is that I am a big hockey fan and both RIT men’s and women's hockey teams are Division I. I bleed orange and brown (RIT’s school colors)! Also, the RIT community is amazing. We get so much support from everyone, and I like that the campus is diverse.

Clubs/Activities: I am involved with DBA (Deaf Basketball Association), and assistant chairperson of Brickfest, a traditional sports competition weekend among deaf students.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy dancing, listening to music, reading, shopping, learning, watching movies and hanging out with my friends.

What I Like Best About RIT: What I like best about RIT is the outstanding diversity we have on campus. I am able to fit in both the deaf and hearing worlds because I come from a hearing family. I like the fact that I am able use both languages that I was taught growing up—English and American Sign Language.

Favorite T.V. Show: I don't have one, but I enjoy watching T.V. shows on the TLC channel.

Fun fact about me: I've been to more Caribbean islands than individual states in the U.S., because I’ve taken nine cruises.

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