About Caroline

Major: American Sign Language—English Interpretation

Hometown: East Hampton, N.Y.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because the ASL—English Interpretation program is incredible and I loved the idea of continuously improving my ASL skills because there are more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus!

Clubs/Activities: School and my job in the NTID Admissions Office doesn’t leave much free time, but I am involved in the Student Interpreting Association and a student member of GVRRID (Genesee Valley Region Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling around the world—I have been to 12 countries, and I hope to check some more off my list soon! I also love to bike, swim and when I am home, paddle board every day!

What I Like Best About RIT: I love the strong sense of community here at RIT. With 15,000 undergrads at RIT, along with 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, it is large enough to have a variety of backgrounds, interests and opinions, but small enough to be able to spot a few familiar faces when you’re walking down the quarter mile. I also love that there are so many deaf and hard-of-hearing people on campus, so I can continuously use ASL and hone my skills. And best of all, my professors are amazing! They are willing to help me with anything I need, and that is really important to me. RIT is a very supportive environment and I love it!

Favorite T.V. Show: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Fun Fact About Me: This summer I went to Italy for a study abroad program. It was one of the most amazing experiences and I can’t wait to go back!

Posts by Caroline

Spring (?) Break!

This week, many of the students on campus are stressed to the max. It is midterm week, and I think everyone is in a weird stage between trying to figure out the weather, studying for mid-terms, planning transportation for getting home or away for spring break, and um…sleeping.

As I’m sitting in the library, all the tables are filled around me. Students are working on finishing up group projects before break, and talking about how much work is still going to have to be done over break (which stinks–it is called break for a reason!) Teachers think they are sneaky…thinking they are the only ones assigning work, but THEY’RE NOT! I think I have something due for each class, ugh!

Luckily, RIT provides awesome tutoring services available to all students. They have different locations on campus, so it is convenient. They also have tutors available that are fluent in ASL, if not deaf themselves. I think it is great that RIT offers all of these services to students, that really makes my life as a student more successful.

For spring break, there is also a free bus to the train station, the airport and the bus station. There are different times for the busses as well, which makes traveling a lot easier (and less expensive!) I will be taking advantage of that tomorrow. Hopefully my plane isn’t delayed, I think Long Island (woot woot) is gong to get hit with some more snow starting tomorrow, 2-5 inches. Yikes! I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed! Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 11.26.54 AM

And RIT Takes the Win!

Last night I was at the RIT men’s hockey game. It was so much fun!! Men’s hockey actually had two games this week, one on Friday night and one on Saturday night. Friday night’s game was a shut out, we won 8-0 against Mercyhurst University. The whole crowd was yelling and screaming the entire game. I have never seen anything like it.

Then, last night (Saturday), we played them again, but Mercyhurst really stepped up their game. At the end of the 3rd period, we were tied 1-1. Can you imagine…after winning the night before 8-0, and now we only tied 1-1? We went into overtime, which was thrilling. Oh, I should have mentioned, all of this was taking place in the brand new Gene Polisseni Center, which just opened this year! Here’s a picture from last night, during overtime: IMG_0344

With about two minutes left of the game, Mercyhurst pulled their goalie, so they were able to have an extra player on the ice. Just so happens that our players shot the puck down the ice, and in it went! No goalie to save it! The whole stadium was on their feet cheering and screaming!

Here is a picture of the two teams after the game:


And with the win, we go into the playoffs! Tickets went on sale last night, and it’s being played right here at RIT on March 13th and 14th! I’m going to be sure to get my tickets on Monday!

Hope you have a great week! Happy March 1st!

Time For Yourself!

This week was a pretty neutral week, actually (I’ll probably regret saying that later)! I have a lot going on: classes (including my “Issues” class, which we need to do extensive research for), practicum (trying to satisfy all of my hourly requirements), and what else….oh yeah, sleep and hanging with friends!

I think a lot of students forget how important that is! We are so busy with school and work, we forget to schedule time for ourselves. As a “type-a” person, I have everything scheduled in my calendar. I always need to know what is coming next. But you know what I don’t ever put in there? Relaxation time….time to unwind. I am always on the go, and need to remember to take care of myself, especially during these times when our bodies are susceptible to getting the cold and the flu. So, just take that as a piece of advice as you manage your time. Make sure to add time for yourself!

Talking about health and wellness, we have so many services available on campus to help and advise students regarding wellness. Along with the Health Center, there is personal training, nutrition education, fitness center tours & instructions on how to use the machines, along with Red Barn activities (rock climbing) and the Ice Arena activities (learning how to ice skate, hockey, etc.) Oh, and don’t forget about the pool and hot tub! The pool, gym and ice rink are awesome, but I’ve never been to Red Barn to rock climb (mostly because I stink at it)! But it is on my list of “to-dos” before I graduate!

If you’re interested in learning more about the facilities, you can check out the website here. But an even better way is to see it in person! We have a lot of upcoming Open Houses, which are great opportunities to see the campus. The list of dates can be found here. If none of the dates work, remember, you can always schedule an individual visit!

Time to bundle up and head home (I’m typing this at the library)! Have a great weekend!


Hello Everyone!

I hope you are reading from somewhere warmer than here! Burrrrr! The “spring” semester is going great so far, even though there is nothing but snow here!IMG_0285

As for school, I am taking 12 credits, and doing my practicum as well. At RIT, I am doing some really great interpreting assignments: a calculus course, a dodgeball class and a volleyball class. I am loving it. Outside of school, I am interpreting Girl Scout meetings, and having a blast! There are songs, and teamwork activities that all the girls are involved with. It is so much fun and I always leave looking forward to the next time I go back!

As a 4th-year student in the interpreting program, we also are required to do observation of interpreters. I am observing some great classes as well: Coaching Healthy Behavior (a class where students learn to become Wellness Coaches) and a Mechanical Dynamics class (boy, am I glad I am observing that one! 🙂 You’re probably thinking, wow that girl is busy! You’d be right!

Tonight, I am going to see a play put on by the College of Liberal Arts (one of the colleges of RIT) called “How I Learned to Drive.” A few of my friends aren’t in the play, but they are interpreting it, so a few friends are going to watch it. Should be fun! And then tomorrow, I am going to see the RIT men’s hockey game. (LET’S GO TIGERS!) There is always so much happening at RIT, is tough to decide which events to go to!

Well, I’m off to meet with my mentor to discuss my interpreting progress this week! I’ll post again soon!

What a great start to senior year!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a restful and happy summer! I know I did…well I don’t know about restful as much as happy, but I had a busy (but GREAT) summer! I did so many amazing things…I had the opportunity to go back to Italy with my parents, I took classes in Washington D.C., went camping a lot, got an internship at an interpreting agency on Long Island…it was great!

I am happy to be back at RIT though, and the time is already flying. In your senior year in the interpreting program you are assigned a mentor, and I have the pleasure of doing my practicum (what we call an internship) at the Department of Access Services on campus. It is fabulous. I have the ability to observe my mentor in some great classes, and I even get to do some interpreting (with her support of course). I’ll talk more about that in future posts.

Right now I am focused on my school and trying to figure things out as a senior (it still feels weird calling myself that) after a very hectic summer. I just filled out my application for graduation…what a scary thought. Its funny, my parents keep asking me to find out the dates and details for graduation…when it’s like the last thing I want to think about. I can’t imagine leaving this place that I have called home for four years. Its crazy that I have entered my last year as an undergrad student in the ASLIE program.

Anyway, enough with the sad thoughts, I still have plenty to look forward to! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

This Weather!

I can’t believe the weather! Last week it was snowing–so cold no one would dare to not wear gloves. Today is beautiful, 45 degrees! I was thinking about getting out my bike and going bike riding! But then I though, maybe that’s a little too much. Don’t get too excited though, whenever it is nice, it turns around and snows!

This week, my roommates and I decided to do a “random act of kindness.” On Sunday, it was bitter cold outside, but I had no food left! So, two of my roommates decided to make a trip to Wegmans supermarket. On the way there, we stopped at a bagel place and bought two hot chocolates– for the two people that stand outside on Jefferson Road holding signs for stores. It was so cold outside, I don’t know how they did it. They were bundled up as best they could be, but they still looked so cold. When we gave them the hot chocolate, they were so grateful. It was definitely the highlight of my day. We all look forward to getting, but it is really nice to give as well.

My classes are going good, not easy though! But college isn’t easy, you have to work for what you want! When I put in the time and effort, I am really happy with the results. Part of that is having good time management skills, which I’ve gotten better at since I’ve been here. You don’t have your parents or guardian around to tell you when to do your homework. You have to take it upon yourself to get it done! All the while spending time with friends, and sleeping! It is something that takes practice, for sure!

I know that it is the time of year–many of you will be receiving your decision letters in the mail. Maybe you aren’t sure RIT/NTID is right for you, or maybe you absolutely know…either way, come visit us! We would love to show you around our campus and show you the great things RIT/NTID have to offer! Just check out this page, and choose what it right for you. We look forward to meeting you!

Enjoy your weekend!

The Semester is in Full Swing

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping warm! And if you live in a place where it is warm all the time, well I am jealous! Today, the weather is actually nice, but in general is it still winter up here!

I am finally in the swing of things with managing classes, work, extra curricular activities and friends–all while getting enough sleep! Today I had my first interpreting “sample” which is code word for test. Some of the professors feel the word “test” itself freaks people out and puts everyone into panic mode. I think I agree! So, we use the word “sample” because it is only a “sample” of our work that will be looked at. I think I like the concept better. What do you think?

So, one thing you don’t think about when you go away to school is how much you will miss your pets. Everyone gets excited to go away to school and learn new things and meet new people. You expect to miss your family and your friends, but I never expected to miss my dogs! It sounds crazy, but when I was in high school, they would sit at my feet while I did my homework, and I actually miss that. One of my dogs at home is sick, and it is really hard not being there. So moral of the story is–make sure you are spending some quality time with your pets before you come, you will regret it if you don’t! Here is a picture of my pets at homephotophoto1

All my classes are going well. I am really enjoying my ski class every Tuesday. It is such a nice change to get outside and be active, rather then sitting inside on a cold winters night. Did I mention it is for a wellness credit? How awesome, right?! I’ll have to take a picture next time I’m there so I can show you all!

Gotta go for now! Thanks for reading!


The First Ever Spring Semester is in Full Swing!


I hope you all had a lovely break! I sure did. It was so nice to spend some time with my family and friends after a very stressful semester. I did a few fun things over break: I was able to go to Aruba with my parents for a week, and then I went skiing in PA for a few days. It was very odd going from hot to cold in just a few days. My body was thrown, that’s for sure!

We started classes last week, Monday, January 26. This semester I am taking some really cool classes: English to ASL, ASL to English, American Deaf History, Community Interpreting, Leading in a Global Environment (online) and Skiing! I love them all so far. Last semester, in my interpreting classes, we focused on Consecutive Interpreting (when the speaker speaks in “paragraphs” or “chunks” and you interpret it all once they are done). This semester, we are learning how to Simultaneously Interpret (when the interpreter is interpreting at the same time as more information is being presented by the speaker). It is quite a shift and I am really looking forward to it. I am really enjoying my online class as well! This week, one of our various assignments is to watch the movie Gran Torino. Have you ever seen it? We then have to analyze it for leadership skills the main character uses. What a different way of looking at leadership! I love that we are able to incorporate recent media in with older things too.

As for my ski class, I love it! On Tuesday, my friends and I drove to Bristol Mountain (with help from our ski instructor after we got very lost. He had to give us turn by turn directions after that!) When we finally made it (two hours later for a 40-minute drive!), we were so excited to finally put on our equipment and get going! This class counts as a Wellness credit at RIT. You need two Wellness credits to graduate (and they are based on attendance, not on athletic ability, so if you aren’t athletic–don’t worry!) I already have my two wellness credits, but I had an open night on my schedule (we ski/snowboard every Tuesday night) so I figured I would take advantage of it! So far it has been great! If you want to check out the mountain for yourself, here is the website link.

I’ll post more at another time! Thanks for reading!

Finals and Then Home!

Hello again,

Since I blogged last, I turned in about three final papers, attended a few individual meetings, did a live interpretation in class, gave a presentation, and turned 21! Like I mentioned before, I celebrated with my family at my surprise party. As promised, here are a few pictures from that night:


(me walking in, totally surprised! Hugging my mom and my dad)


(above and below, pictures with my cousins)



Now that everyone was back on campus, I wanted to celebrate my birthday with my friends! We had a small celebration at my house, and then the next morning I was taken out to breakfast, got my nails done, watched a Christmas movie, and so much more! It was an amazing birthday! Trying to squeeze in some birthday fun was tough with everyone’s schedule being so busy, but we did it!

Tomorrow is the “Reading Day”, which means there are no classes and it is a day solely for studying (and much needed 🙂 ). I think I might have to get up early to get a spot in the library, I can only imagine how packed it is going to be!

As for finals I have: an exam for “K-12 Interpreting,” an exam for “2nd Language Acquisition and Bilingualism,” “Interpreting 1,” “Language and Culture” and a final meeting where I have to prove my grade for my “Ethical Applications” class. Yikes! Just typing it out makes me stressed! You should see my room–it is a mess of papers and binders, notebooks and flashcards! It is going to be one busy weekend!

I am going to try and take a study break and go to the Frozen Frontier this Saturday. It is when the men’s (vs. Niagara) and women’s hockey (vs. Clarkson)  teams play in an outside arena in Downtown Rochester! And because it is off campus, RIT is providing a free bus! I’m going to take advantage of that! I really need to dress warm…it snows just about everyday now!

Do you all know what Freezefest is? It is a weekend in February where there are all kinds of fun activities including a comedian! They announced who the comedian would be today–it is John Oliver! He is on The Daily Show with John Stewart and he is also on the show Community! I’ll be sure to buy tickets for that!

I hope all of you have happy holidays, and if you are traveling, get to your destination safely!

It Was a Wonderful Break!

Hello again,

We are back at school, getting back into the swing of things. It was so nice to have a break from school and be able to see my family. However, it was a bit weird today when I couldn’t sleep in, and had to go to class, rather than a eat homemade breakfast!I think it will take me a few days to get back into my regular schedule. I don’t have a few days though–the semester is coming to a close so quickly!

I had two Tthanksgivings this year, and I ate so much! I ate at 1 pm and then again at 4 pm! Guess I’ll have to get back into going to the gym:) I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

When I was home, my parents threw me a surprise birthday party! It is my birthday this coming weekend, and they wanted to celebrate it with me, so we did it a bit early. It was such an amazing time! All my family was there, including all my cousins that I don’t get to see often. It was catered by my favorite Italian restaurant and even had a DJ! I had no clue about the party either! It was a complete, and wonderful, surprise! I found out that my parents sent out invitations and everything! Here is a picture of the invite:


I haven’t gotten the photos yet from the party, but I will be sure to upload a few on my next post!

My roommates and I are going to decorate our apartment with Christmas decorations soon! I’ll be sure to show you guys the final product!

Well, I have to go do an interpreting assignment now! (It’s actually my first video where I will be interpreting in both ASL and English.) Wish me luck!

Stay warm!