About Brianna

Major: American Sign Language-English Interpretation Hometown: Frederick, Maryland Why I chose RIT: I chose RIT because it provides me with everything I need and it matches my identity. As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), I fit in with both the deaf and hearing communities; RIT is the best of both worlds. Clubs/Activities: Student Interpreter at the Department of Access Services & Senior Resident Advisor in the Residence Halls Hobbies/Interests: I love to stay active by biking, swimming, hiking and playing soccer. What I like best about RIT: I love that there is always something to do and people to meet. No day is ever the same! Favorite T.V. Shows: “Grey's Anatomy” Fun fact about me: I'm a CODA.
Posts by Brianna

Running With This Semester!

Hello everyone! I have always loved the beginning of every new semester- it is a brand new start! Over my break I went to Florida where I celebrated Christmas and New Year’s with my family. I also got to swim with manatees which was an amazing experience! I also went to Toronto where I ate at Signs Restaurant where all of the employees are deaf and use sign language. I would definitely recommend the restaurant, the food is also great!

I am “running with the semester” by training for my first half marathon! I will be running the Flower City Half Marathon this April! Throughout the semester RIT hosts a couple of 5Ks like the FreezeFest and Color Run! I look forward to running those too!

I’ll keep you all up to date with my progress! Happy New Year!

Homecoming Weekend!

Happy week nine everyone! I can’t believe we are almost 2/3 the way done with this semester! It has gone by so fast! This past weekend was Homecoming weekend. There was a lot that went on including the pumpkin launch, a presentation from Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters, and the RIT men’s hockey game! We had a CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) gathering this weekend in Rochester, so it was nice to see everyone again!

Last time I posted I mentioned that I would share some ways that I de-stress here on campus. I love to go to the gym, swim laps, and walking in the RIT walking trails. The nature trails on campus are a great way to get out and move! Check out a picture (it all looks a little different now since the leaves are changing in Rochester).

Catch up with you all soon!


Projects, Soccer and a Future Scientist!

Hey everyone!

These past weeks have been full of presentations and projects! I have been busy preparing for our K-12 Interpreting Panel in my Practical and Ethical Applications Interpreting class. We are having several panels featuring interpreters who work in different domains like K-12, medical, video relay, deaf interpreters, etc. I am really excited to meet working interpreters and to pick their brains about what they do out in the field! Personally I am interested in K-12 and medical interpreting, so this is a great opportunity for me!

This past weekend my club team won both of our games against Geneseo and Canisius college! Both were hard fought games and worth the drive! 

On top of everything I do here at RIT, I also work as a student assistant to Erin Kane in the NTID Office of Admissions to coordinate visitors’ schedules. One of my favorite parts of the job is when my boss brings her kids to work! This past weekend I got to hang out with a future scientist! Take a look! 

Future Scientist

I always love when this scientist drops into the office! I’ll catch up with you all soon! Next time I’ll share some of my favorite ways to de-stress here on campus!

Happy Week Five!

Hi Everyone!

Since I last posted, I have been busy with club soccer, the NTID Student Assembly, and RA events!

I play on the RIT Women’s Club team. Club sports is a bit different from varsity and intramural sports. I practice once a week with my team then play against schools in the region. I had two games this past weekend. We won against Niagara University and lost against Syracuse. It is great to be back on the field with my team again. Last year, we went to regionals in Delaware, so hopefully we can again this year! I’ll keep you all posted about how we do throughout the season!

I also have been keeping busy with the NTID Student Assembly (NSA). NSA is a public forum where the NTID Community and NTID Club Representatives gather to make announcements and discuss what is going on in the community. It takes place every Tuesday night. I am the Clerk, so I type up the minutes for every meeting. It is a great opportunity to get involved with the community and meet new people.

This past week I also hosted an event on my floor where I encouraged my residents to paint their doors (there were warm cookies too)! I got really into my door painting and painted the Maryland flag on my door. It took me two hours but the results were worth it! Take a look.


Talk about Maryland pride! I’ll catch up with you all soon.

Welcome Back to Another School Year!

Hi, I am Brianna Conrad and I am one of the newest ambassadors! This is my second year here at RIT and my third year in the interpreting program. It feels good to be back after a busy summer. This recent summer I worked at KODA camp at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, New York for five weeks. It is a camp specific for kids who have deaf parents- just like me! We learn about Deaf culture and our KODA identities while also having fun during physical education games, team building, arts and crafts, and while on the waterfront. 

Currently, I am taking five classes: ASL VI, Oppression/ Lives of the Deaf Community, Interpreting I, Linguistics of ASL and Ethics in Interpreting. I love all of my classes and I am learning so much and it is only week 3! On top of my classes this year, I have taken on two new roles as a Resident Advisor and as the Clerk for the NTID Student Assembly. My classes and these roles keep me busy, but I have been able to meet so many new people here at RIT/NTID; that’s why I love this college, because there is always opportunity to grow and try new things. 

Wish me luck with my classes and I will catch up soon:) Here’s a picture of my view from Camp Mark Seven!