About Christine

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Clubs/Activities: Tiger Cues, Deaf Basketball Association, Deaf Volleyball Associate, adventurous activities.

Hobbies/Interests: I love to play video games, hang out with friends and travel!

What I Like Best About RIT: Communication access because it has everything that I need, such as interpreting and notetaking.

Favorite T.V Show: Anything related to crime scene investigation or naval criminal investigation.

Fun Fact About Me: I love trying or doing new things-I am a risk taker!

Posts by Christine

Enjoy every little moment 

​Everyone at one time or another can have a bad day or not be in a good mood. Sometimes that can make us not want to do anything. So what do I do? I look at the bright side, and try and enjoy every little moment. Those moments can become good memories that I can look back on and cherish. In this picture, my best friend (he is the one wearing glasses), my boyfriend and I decided to dress up to cheer me up. I am grateful to have these two people in my life. Thanks to them because they remind me to enjoy every little moment. Those little moments can make us forget that we are in a bad mood or having a bad day, and turn that day into a good day.

Best friends 

It is nice to have best friends in your life. We need best friends to cheer each other up. Whenever I have a bad day or I am feeling low, I have my friends come over and we watch movies and eat pancakes. My friends know how to lift my spirits if I’m feeling down, and they are always there for me. I’ve made great new friends here in college who I know will always be there for me, and I know our friendships will last a lifetime:) <3

I am almost there

“And I am almost there. I’m almost there. People down here think I’m crazy. But I don’t care. Trials and tribulations, I’ve had my share. There ain’t nothin’ gonna stop me now ’cause I’m almost there.” Lyrics from “The Princess and the Frog” movie.
I chose to use these lyrics because I thought it was fitting since school is now in week 14. We have one more week left and then it’s FINALS! We are almost at the end of the school year. I am excited because I can’t wait to be done with the school year. But I am also a little nervous because of my grades. I know some students are feeling the same way since some of us don’t feel motivated to study and continue to work hard at the end of the year. All I can say is I am almost there and will persevere. Soon I will be done with my finals, and then I can dance around or sleep all day if I want to.
I am starting to see the light ahead of me because in May 2018 I will graduate! I have  two more semesters left. I can’t wait to graduate and start my future.

I will see you soon!

Campus tours

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys are doing great! I have been busy lately because of school work, clubs, organizations, life, and so on. As you know, I am an NTID ambassador, doing the blog and also giving campus tours to students and families. I have great experiences giving the campus tour!

I’ve noticed that some families and students are hesitant to ask questions on campus tours. I always tell them that they can ask me questions about school, life, clubs, or anything else. I am more willing to answer because groups tend to be pretty quiet. Last week, I gave a campus tour to this boy’s family. We will call him N. N is planning to come to RIT/NTID in fall. I am sure RIT/NTID is more than happy to have him. N was very excited to come here because he did EYF camp last summer. His family was very excited as well. They didn’t ask a lot of questions, but they but they were really happy and laughing throughout the tour, unlike some families, who are a little more serious. N and his family were very amusing to watch. I noticed that N’s family was encouraging him to ask questions instead of doing it themselves. I liked how they wanted him to learn by himself and ask me the questions directly. Usually, parents tend to ask instead of students.

Taking a campus tour has a lot of benefits, especially if you wind up being a student at RIT/NTID. You’ll be more aware of what RIT/NTID has to offer you. Get to know ambassadors like me as well, because most likely they will still be around on campus when you arrive as a student. Taking a tour helps you understand the layout of the campus, find out about things like Tiger Apps for safety, see where all the buildings (liberal arts, college of science, and etc) are, learn about the library, and so on.

Today, I have two campus tours scheduled and I think it will be extra interesting – one group is from Ukraine!

Have a nice day!

Spring break is near

Hello everybody!

I hope school is going great for all of you. It is going well for me.

Sorry I missed doing a blog last week. I had a busy week of exams and lots of homework. I also sit on e-boards for two different clubs, and that has been a lot of work lately. But here I am!

Spring break is near! Thank god for spring break, because I am sure everybody is looking forward to a break from school. I am going to the Dominican Republic for spring break with my friends and partner. In the past I have forgotten to pack things I need, so here is my advice for those who are traveling:

1) write down the things that you need to pack.

2) pack in advance.

3) ask yourself if you need to buy anything.

4) talk to your friends and see if anything is missing.

5) check off the things that are already packed.

6) most important thing is to HAVE FUN AND TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES!

Study hard! Spring break is near!

Remembering the past

Hello! Hola! Ahnnyonghaseyo! Bonjour! Ciao!

For those of you wondering, these are ways of saying hello in different languages. I honestly don’t know what week this is for school, because I literally lost count, but I am looking forward to spring break! Anyways, back to the point.

I have been thinking a lot lately these days about my past and started to have flashbacks, because I am going to graduate in the next year. Time is getting close and going by fast. When I give students and families a tour on campus, it reminds me of my past. To be honest, I didn’t get a campus tour at RIT/NTID, but I did get campus tours at other colleges in my hometown. I remembered I was nervous and amazed at how every college I saw was different. When I first came to RIT/NTID, I was overwhelmed, because this campus was big and I got lost couple a few times trying to find my classrooms. It was okay, because I was a “newbie.” I felt alone, because I didn’t know anybody on the campus, but I did know this. RIT/NTID has a big Deaf community here. In my hometown there were only few of us that were deaf. Now at RIT/NTID I get to meet many different people who are deaf from different races and backgrounds. I remembered that the faculty and staff were very welcoming to us and telling us it was okay to be nervous, excited or scared. Some students were scared because it was their first time away from home. Some students were nervous because they didn’t know what to do. But these feelings soon disappeared.

Through the college years, I learned how to be independent instead of relying on my parents all the time. It’s been good practice for the future and real world because sooner or later, I have to learn how to cook or how to do laundry on my own. I learned a lot of things about myself, too, because in my freshman year, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or who I was. Through my years at RIT/NTID, I learned about my identify and what I want to do. Now I have goals to aim for in the future. I have so many new friends, and many I can call my best friends. For one of my best friends I was asked to be her maid of honor. It is amazing to see how we all grow up to be adults,and start to prepare for the real world. It is okay to be scared of the real world because you are not ready. Don’t worry. It takes time!

I guess that’s it for now!






Survive through first week of school?


It’s been a while since I did a blog post. I hope you enjoyed your winter break. I know I did because I slept a lot and I needed the rest to be ready for spring semester.

Wow, it is already the second week of school. Where did all the time go? The first week was hectic for me because of my new courses. I already have homework to do. Also, I am currently a Deaf Volleyball Association (DVA) commissioner (president), and sign up for DVA happened during the first week of school as well. It was CRAZY! Now that the first week has ended, it has finally calmed down.

I am trying to balance my school work with working as a student ambassador and as a DVA commissioner. But I still want to get involved with other activities during spring semester. Currently, I am exploring the different clubs at RIT and figuring out what I like to do. Also, I am checking out all the events that are happening on campus. I like to try new experiences, and RIT gives me the opportunity to learn and grow through these activities. I am never bored at RIT. Check out the events and clubs at RIT. You’ll find something that you like to do.

That’s it for now, adios! =)

Got nothing to do over winter break?

Hello tigers!

It’s been a while since I did this blog. I lost track of time with finals and everything. Now I am sitting here in my bedroom at home in Virginia. Finally it is winter break. Some of us will be traveling or already have plans. But if you have nothing to do over the winter break, I have some suggestions for you:
-call your friends to hang out and go out
-catch up with old friends back home
-go and see new movies at the theater
-research co-ops that you are considering
-plan ahead for next summer/spring/winter break
-apply for jobs.
-complete the FAFSA (this is important)
-watch Netflix and chill
– etc.

For me, I will be catching up on all my Netflix shows that I haven’t gotten a chance to finish. Also I will be catching up on my sleep. Spending time with my family and meeting up with all my all old friends in Virginia are also things I have planned. I also plan to do my own DIY projects to keep me busy and stop me from being lazy.

Enjoy your holidays and your winter break! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

What kind of skills do you have?

Hey hey! IT IS FAATT CHRISTINE!! (those of you are not familiar with the movie called “Fat Albert,” this is one of Fat Albert’s trademarks).

How are you guys? I hope you are doing great! I recently was selected to be part of the Deaf Volleyball Association (DVA) committee. I will be the new DVA commissioner for spring semester. I am kinda excited and nervous, because I will be responsible for making the DVA club run well for spring semester. My deputy commissioner and I will soon be interviewing for positions available on the committee. I realize how many responsibilities apply to my position. I can’t just choose my friends who apply for certain positions, but I have to pick individuals who have the right skills and experience.

Do I have skills as a leader? I can use those I have and apply them to the DVA commissioner position and make DVA be great. Leading the club is not only about having leadership skills but it is also about what ideas I envision for DVA and what can I do to make this club even better than before. I am a very talkative person and friendly. I am very open-minded. These are examples of my strengths. You might be surprised that people who are shy or close-minded also can be leaders. I am going to select people to be on the committee with me that have skills I may or may not have. Each person on the committee will have different strengths that the group can benefit from to form a cohesive team.

For example, recently we had an Open House for RIT/NTID. It was my first campus tour, so I shadowed another ambassador. On this tour I helped this ambassador by sharing my experiences as a student here with prospective students and their parents. Every RIT/NTID ambassador has different skills and strengths, some are more humorous while others are more outgoing.

You don’t need to have the same skill sets as everyone else. People with other skills are not necessarily better than you. The skills you have right now are part of who you are and also part of the strength you have that will help make this world or community better. So tell me, what kind of skills do you have?

What is success?

Time flies by so fast! I have been thinking about what it means to be successful. Is failing part of being successful or not? This kind of question makes me wonder and gives me a lot to think about. I know sometimes some of us struggle with classes and can lose motivation. I have to admit that sometimes this happens to me. But it doesn’t stop me from giving up. Being successful is part of who I am.

We learn new things everyday that can help us be successful. It may not be easy and can be difficult. Sometimes failure can help us get back on the right track because we learn through our mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Myself included. The takeaways from making mistakes are some of the most important lessons in helping us be successful.

There is no right or wrong answer about what it means to be successful, because it means something different to each and everyone of us. Everybody has their own colors and personality and how to become successful in their own ways.

I am glad I have support from my friends and RIT advisers who can help us get back on the right track. Why? Because they want us to be successful. I believe everybody can be successful. Just be yourself and don’t give up!