About Danica

Name: Danica Metlay

Major: Biology

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because it’s a place where the hearing and deaf worlds come together. I wanted to have the experience of living and learning with both deaf and hearing students to better prepare me for the real world after I graduate. RIT also has great access services that are hard to find anyplace else.

Clubs/Activities: I’m current president of WOLK (Deaf Jewish Cultural Club) and work as an English tutor, NTID tour guide and intern at Hillel House. I used to be a committee member for the Rockfest Weekend, treasurer of Asian Deaf Club, an orientation assistant and intern at the Seneca Park Zoo.

Hobbies/Interests: I love traveling, reading books, skiing and hanging out with friends. I like to cook and bake, and I’m kind of addicted to Pinterest, because I enjoy finding new recipes and DIY projects to try.

What I like best about RIT: I like being busy and that’s easy to do at RIT. There always are events happening on the RIT campus and most of the time, they are accessible. I like that people at RIT are diverse, and I enjoy learning about their cultures and their various academic and personal interests.

Favorite T.V. Show: “Once Upon A Time.”

Fun Fact About Me: I love Mexican and Asian food, but I cannot stand eating spicy food.

Posts by Danica

Graduation… To be ready or not to be ready.


So, this week is my last week as a college undergrad student. I feel weird knowing that today is my last Monday as a college student. Tomorrow will be my last Tuesday as a college student and so on. I had a lot of good-bye parties for seniors last Friday and there were a couple of senior receptions. We had our Senior Night last Friday. We had dinner, photobooth, shows, and more free stuff! You can never get enough of free food and stuff!

Yesterday, I went on a winery tour as part of Senior Week. Today was Senior Brunch (I missed it 🙁 ), tomorrow will be a luncheon on a boat, then a bar hopping night on Wednesday and finally, on Thursday, we will have a champagne toast night. Friday, we will have our convocation (for all colleges) and finally, my graduation for College of Science on Saturday.

Right now, I just submitted my final paper this morning and have been working on a take-home final exam then one more final (the last one ever) on this Wednesday night.

On top of that, I have to pack up my apartment, clean up my room (ew), and say more good byes to friends and especially to interpreters who stuck with me for four years. I have professors that I need to say thank you and goodbye.

I am definitely ready for the summer but probably not ready for not coming back in the fall. It is a bittersweet feeling leaving your second home.

With that, aloha… just because it doesn’t mean it is a final goodbye from me.

More field trips!

It looks like nearly all of my posts are about birds. Today, I will be leaving for Canada on a class field trip. What for? To watch birds!

Seriously, we are going to Canada for bird watching. We are going to the important stopover site for migratory birds before heading to their nesting sites. We will be watching and identifying birds and discussing about conservation issues. I am really looking forward to this trip because I get to see more birds, but I don’t look forward to getting up at 5am everyday until I get back on Sunday night.

Speaking of birds, I will be starting to work at a bird banding station in May. I loved working there last spring and I was asked to come back again this spring. I am SO excited to start working there again. The only thing that I am not happy about is having to get up an hour and a half before sunrise…which is at 4am. I am not a morning person, but I am willing to sacrifice just for this working experience.

Hard to believe that I only have three weeks left of my college career. Where did the time go, especially for past couple weeks? We had Brickfest Sport Weekend (I was on Brickfest RIT soccer team against Gallaudet’s team), Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Heel Violence Walk last weekend, and yesterday I went to NTID’s Foundation Board Dinner as WOLK president and I was surprised to receive a free ticket to watch the play of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was only able to stay for the first act due a group project, but the play looked so good that I’ll be back to watch the second act next weekend! Those events are only a few events that I attended in the past couple weeks.

SpringFest is this weekend!! Imagine RIT is next weekend!! THEN SENIOR WEEK! I am sure there are more events that I forgot to mention but that is good enough for now.

The sixth week

The week flew by!! I had couple of midterms last week and this week and my weekend is already almost gone.

“So many things to do and so little time” is true for the past couple of weeks. Last week was Deaf Jewish Awareness week and my club had an event every night from Monday through Thursday. All of my time was focused on making those event happen and they were successful. As president of WOLK, I am so proud of my club for making all of those events so successful!

Spring is here! How do I know that? It had been raining all week and because of that, some parts of campus are flooded. Mostly in the field because parts of the the campus is built on swamp land so some areas around the campus will have mini ponds for a while.

One of those rainy days

One of those rainy days


This is usually all grass.

This is usually all grass.




From last Thursday until today, Sunday, there is a play called Dog Sees God. The play is about Charlie Brown from the Peanut gang being a teenager. One of my roommates is a stage manager and my other roommate is one of the actors in the cast. The play was directed by a senior theater major. The play is his senior thesis and I have to applaud him because the play had a full house for all showings. I watched the play on Friday and it was a powerful play.

The play.

The play.

On an ending note, I am going to enjoy the beautiful days this week… I heard it is going to be in the 60’s and 70’s!!


More class field trips

Last Saturday, I went to Montezuma Refuge to watch birds for a class, Adventures in Ornithology. All I had to do is find birds, name them and record names and how many we saw. I saw 18 bald eagles, both immature and adults – so beautiful. It is rare to see a wild bald eagle flying and swooping down the ponds. I saw a couple of rare black ducks, it is forbidden to hunt black ducks because they are endangered. Unfortunately, it was very cold and windy that the wind bites our skin.

Upper Left: A telescope used to see the bird. Lower Left: It was COLD! Upper Right: Wetland of Montezuma Refuge Lower Right: A tower used for birdwatching.

Upper Left: A telescope used to see birds.
Lower Left: It was COLD!
Upper Right: Wetland of Montezuma Refuge
Lower Right: A tower used for birdwatching.

This week is going to be a crazy week because I am current WOLK president and it is Deaf Jewish Awareness week so I am responsible to have an event every night for the week. I am looking forward though.

P.S. We have new ambassadors this quarter and we, older generation, are going to train them by giving them tours and have them give us tours. They will observe our tours as well. I am excited to see what new generation brings to us!

The Final Round

So, the last quarter ever of my college career is here. It feels weird to tell people that I am done with college in the next three months. Time is ticking away and I am not sure how I feel about that. I am excited to see what the world has in store for me but at the same time I don’t want to leave RIT. I have so many good memories here at RIT.

Just now, I sent in one of my many applications for a summer internship. The internship application I just sent in is for a marine biology lab in Florida. I hope I will get a chance to work with either sea turtles or manatees!

I promised in one of my previous posts that I will post a picture from Pulse Happy Hour (PHH). Today is the first PHH of the spring quarter and everybody wore green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday.

It is a snapshot of small part of PHH

It is a snapshot of small area of PHH.


Hey all,

It is ninth week. It’s the week that everybody freaks out since everything (like four courses worth of projects and papers) is due next week at the same time. It is worse for me because I don’t have finals during the final week only because all are happening next week. I have final paper and two exams due next week. 🙁

I pulled an all-nighter last night to write a paper on the top of long and busy week.

To make myself feel better and to de-stress, I bought this cute doll.


Cute, right?!

This is a cute version of the kissing disease also known as mono. I love collecting GIANT microbes and this is my second one. The first one I bought is the heart worm.

Now, I feel like I can take the 10th week down with my kissing disease on my side. 😀

Class Field Trip

Another post from me!

I thought it would be cool to share that I went on a field trip with a class, Tropical Ecology (the same class that I will give a presentation tomorrow).

I went to a conservatory then had a lunch with my class and after that, we went to the zoo. We would get names of plants and we searched for plants in the conservatory. When we found our plants, we had to take pictures of them and research about them when we got home. I got navel orange tree, Georgia’s Pearl, and shaving brush tree,  they’re pretty cool plants.

In the conservatory, there are quail chicks running around. They’re so cute, balls of feathers!

Quail Chicks!!

Quail Chicks!!

After the lunch, we went to the zoo and we picked our own bird and animal to research about. We needed to pick animals and take picture of them. I picked dikkop (the bird) and ocelot (super cute cat). I don’t have any good picture of ocetlot, he was hiding and sleeping.



For my major, I often go on class field trips to places relating to my courses. I never complain, I love class field trips and it is nice to go off campus for a class sometimes.


I have this class called Tropical Ecology and I have a group project due today. There are four of us in the group and each of us must present our presentation (about savannas) to other three group in the class. The fourth person must present the presentation to the whole class on Monday and it is determined by drawing cards. I drawn a card that determined me to be the fourth person to present the presentation to the whole class during next Monday’s class.

So, this cup of Shot in the Dark (chocolate milk with double shot of espresso) is my encouragement for upcoming presentation. I will get other cup after the presentation as my reward after the presentation.

Beside, I am really addicted to Java’s, a coffee shop in the library.


On completely different note, I found this picture on Imgur of RITPicture of the Quarter Mile from the side of dorms.

I thought it is pretty cool to share with you.

Pulse Happy Hour

Pulse Happy Hour is a biweekly event, where all deaf clubs promote their events and sell cool stuff and yummy foods.

(My picture of PHH didn’t appear and I lost the picture too 🙁 I will take other picture of PHH next time!)