About Dan

Major: American Sign Language-English Interpretation and Psychology

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Clubs/Activities: ASL club

Hobbies/Interests: I typically spend my free time exploring Rochester and the surrounding area.

What I Like Best About RIT: The large campus, but still has a small school feel.

Favorite T.V Show: "Breaking Bad"

Fun fact: I've been in a hot air balloon.

Posts by Dan

Honors Trip Update

Hello Everyone, it’s been awhile since my last posting, so sorry about that! It’s been a busy last few weeks, and I just wanted to give everyone an update to what I’ve been up to.

Last weekend I was in Boston on an honors trip with the interpreting program, visiting Northeastern University for their 20th annual ASL Festival and workshop weekend. The festival was so amazing, I had the opportunity to see so many different ASL performances! I was able to see Patrick Graybill, MJ Bienvenu and the hilarious Rosa Lee perform live among other amazing actors and actresses.

After the festival on Friday, it was time to get to work at the semantics workshop hosted by Dennis Cokely and Patrick Graybill. We learned about the meaning of words and I got a better grasp on how to become a successful interpreter.

We also stayed in the Boston Plaza Hotel, where I had my own room, and tried a few authentic Boston restaurants and eateries while we were in the area between all the festivities.

FreezeFest recap

Hello everyone!

Last weekend was the RIT annual FreezeFest event! All over campus there are games, shows, and a 5K fun run throughout the weekend. This year I went to the comedy show hosted by the College Activities Board (CAB). This year RIT hosted the comedian and actor in Silicon Valley and Deadpool, TJ Miller. I had a great time during the show and had memories of the comedians I went to see last year during FreezeFest.

Miller made the whole crowd laugh with jokes about the social aspect of college life and the reality of what happens after college. He even talked to us about existential crises and how to become more o.k. with death all while juggling! It was definitely a unique form of comedy that I haven’t seen before live or through websites that have comedy specials available to stream.

The show was how I celebrated FreezeFest, but many others participated in the 5K fun run event and the games that we had on campus with prizes available to win! Every year we also have a live ice sculpture outside on campus that is put on display for the whole weekend! This year in Rochester it’s been getting warmer faster, so I was concerned for our frozen RITchie, but he made it through the weekend:)

FreezeFest is always a great time, and I’m excited for SpringFest later in the semester when the weather warms up. There’s something for everybody during our yearly celebrations! What would you participate in?

An introduction

Hello all!

Today marks my first-ever blog, so I thought I’d introduce myself! My name is Dan, and I’m a double major in ASL-English interpretation and psychology here at RIT. I’m a third-year student in the interpreting program and a second-year student in the psychology program. I know that’s a little confusing, but I’d be happy to explain more on a tour with you! In my free time I mentioned how I like to explore Rochester and the surrounding areas, so today I’d like to tell a story of one of those adventures, back when it was still warm!

Last semester, I got an apartment off campus and am now living with two close friends. With this newfound independence, I wanted to do something fun to celebrate, and what better time to do it than the fall! This takes me to my fun fact that I have about myself, that I’ve been in a hot air balloon. To celebrate, I decided to take my girlfriend on an adventure to a neighboring town near Rochester where they were hosting a hot air balloon festival. It was so much fun! We got to see all of the balloons go up into the sky, and even got to go on our own tethered balloon ride! I took several pictures, and I’d like to share some of them with you.

This was just one of the adventures that I’ve taken so far since coming to RIT. I’ve had many others that I’d like to talk about this semester, and many that I look forward to having in the future. What adventures have you been on? Anywhere that you want to go when you come to RIT?