About Benjamin

Major: Individualized Study

Hometown: Moorhead, Minnesota

Clubs/Activities: Latin Rhythm Dance Club, No Voice Zone, School of Individualized Study Student Council President, New Student Orientation.

Hobbies/Interests: Sports, movies, reading, hiking, biking, traveling, drinking coffee on a gloomy day.

What I Like Best About RIT: The beautiful campus and our friendly students!

Favorite T.V Show: "Game of Thrones"

Fun Fact About Me: I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in high school.

Posts by Benjamin

April Stress Brings May Success!

It’s already well into April and we’ve had the normal April showers but today was a little bit different! With a high around 77 degrees, students took advantage and spent as much time as they could outdoors. Sitting in the grass, soaking up the sun, chatting with friends, grabbing an iced coffee, it’s safe to say spring will be here to stay!

April also means its getting closer to the end of the semester which brings added stress to our student body, myself included. I’ve been accepted to Canisius College for their Graduate program in Higher Education Student Administration and I’m currently finishing up interviews for Graduate Assistantship positions. Now comes the waiting game! More added stress for me! I’m also currently in the midst of my Capstone project which is essentially a final project before I graduate. Hopefully all this stress now will soothe when I’m handed my diploma!

Humans Vs Zombies has also started up again which is a competition where one person starts off as a Zombie and tries to infect other Humans. Students are prepared with their orange and blue nerf guns and green badanas, watching the humans try to make their way to classes while constantly moving their heads like chickens gives me a chuckle.

Hope you had fun catching up on the happening on our campus!

Week two of my last semester

The campus is alive again after a much needed break and it’s already week two! I’ve enrolled in 16 credits while working 20 hours a week. I’ve got my hands full this semester! My classes are fairly laid back and I’d have to say my glass blowing class is by far my favorite class this semester, working with my hands forming pieces of art gives me a nice break from my other lecture-based courses. I’m involved heavily in sports this semester with intramural ultimate frisbee and Deaf Volleyball Association which is student run at RIT/NTID! Every week we have games competing against one another vying for a championship and bragging rights.

Week two also means another week of No Voice Zone (where students learn sign language and about Deaf culture), which I run along with my co-coordinator. We’ve seen steady numbers of students coming every week fall semester and we’re hoping those numbers will stay stable this spring. We’ve seen some students from local colleges in the area come to learn sign language, and it pleases us knowing that not just RIT students are eager to learn!

I’m currently browsing graduate school programs in higher education administration and every time I look at a program I get more and more excited about the future and what it holds. I’ve loved my time at RIT so far, so I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the college environment and help future students the way RIT has helped me.


What Fall?

As I am typing this, snow is beginning to fall and surprising many unprepared (me) students! Nonetheless I am excited for winter and looking forward to Christmas break!

I’ve been busy throughout the semester taking 15 credits while managing four jobs! I might seem crazy to some, but I found the perfect balance allowing me to tend to my studies and working. I work at the RIT coffee shop Artesano, the School of Individualized Study as an office assistant, the NTID Admissions office as an ambassador, and finally student coordinator for No Voice Zone.

No Voice Zone is an event held every Wednesday night from 10-11:00 pm and students come and learn sign language from their deaf peers! I’ve loved every second of it and seeing new people learn an awesome language! We recently hosted a Halloween pizza party and students came dressed in their best costumes and we awarded prizes to the “Most Creative” “Scariest” and “Funniest” costumes.

I’m going to hit the books seeing I have several exams coming up…Happy Week 10 and enjoy the snow!