About Franly

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: New York, New York 

Clubs/Activities: Coach for Deaf Basketball Association (DBA) 

Hobbies/Interests: Watch TV and read books regarding cultural history. I also like to be outdoors. 

What I Like Best About RIT: Plenty of haunted houses around RIT. 

Favorite T.V Show: "The Walking Dead," "Fear of the Walking Dead," "Bar Rescue," "Codename: Kids Next Door," "Supernatural," "Ed 'n Eddie," "Dexter's Laboratory," "Tom and Jerry," "Powerpuff Girls" and "Courage the Cowardly Dog." 

Fun Fact About Me: I love Halloween themes and snow.  

Posts by Franly

Spring time

Hello folks,

Four weeks left to go until final exam week! The semester flew by so quickly. My “to-do” list is growing on a weekly basis.  At this point, I am starting to feel excited for the summer, because I plan to go to the University of Tennessee for my internship.

All of the clubs are hosting nomination nights and recruiting students for new executive boards. Being a member of an executive board provides many opportunities including self-personal growth and networking opportunities. For example, I served on the E-board of the Latin American Deaf Club. I found an abundance of support from my peers and help in finding my identity. I enjoy working as an active citizen and making a difference within the RIT community.

I’m so looking forward to the club banquets at the end of the year. Student clubs and organizations host  banquets to thank their members and look back at their achievements during the academic year. The different cuisine offered by each of the clubs is always delicious and marvelous. I get to enjoy these different cuisines for free, ha! I won the president/vice president candidate in the NTID Student Congress election.

The weather in Rochester, New York has been nice, which makes it hard to focus on my assignments and projects. I used to do homework in the early evening during winter time. I usually started my assignments around 4:30 p.m. However, I’m procrastinating on working on my assignments now and don’t usually start until about 8:00 p.m. due to daylight savings time this spring. As a result, I needed to change my study habits.

SpringFest and Imagine RIT Innovation + Creativity Festival are coming up in a few weeks. SpringFest is all about the campus coming together for a weekend of fun. Imagine RIT is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Freebies are provided, too. Thousands of people from the region visit the Imagine RIT festival every year. Come check it out on May 6, 2017!



One of the most powerful dimensions in the universe is time. I have met this dimension and I live with it. I am always thinking about it and I know I will in the future also. Time management is a necessary survival skill in college. But beware because in college, time conspires to take away your leisure or make it feel more like a chore with personal errands that you need to do or perhaps meals you need to prepare. Then there are meetings and activities and pretty soon, my friend, there is no free time.

The true job of time is to push students like me to the limit. In order to exceed my limit, and that’s what professors seem to want since everything they want has a due date, I have this mental race against time. The assignment has to be done well and within their time allotment, then they decide whether my work meets their expectations.

Sometimes I wish time would slow down, but I can’t command it to slow down while I nap on the bed. It moves forward, relentlessly. I am getting older—I need to spend time on fitness and wellness and now I must adapt my goals to the amount of time I have. You can plan everything out with time but a last minute schedule change can screw up your schedule badly. For example, I went to a movie with my friends and forgot to study Portuguese the day before the exam, and time, or lack of time, helped me fail the exam. Lesson learned.

Independent media released a video clip about time management at colleges/universities. In the video clip, researchers considered students who frequently arrive at a class late would be successful people in the future. They have different factors other than just GPA that contribute to the successful completion of their goals. So, while time management is important, time isn’t the only thing that defines you as a person. My tip for you at a college environment? Stay one step ahead of time.




Happy Red Heart Day! Thank you for your presence in my path! Red Heart Day is not necessarily about relationships like girlfriends and boyfriends, that’s not it! On that day I am very grateful for all my loved ones, all my friends and my single mother who make a difference in my life. And I love all of us who make our community shine and be beautiful! Putting our red hearts together into unity does wonders. It allows us to overcome many obstacles and make the impossible, possible! Look out for the people with quiet hearts because even though they can make big and loud opinions, quiet hearts deliver an overwhelming caring for each soul. Red Hearts use instict in marvelous and mysterious ways and communicate with you before you know it. Just pay attention to the little rhythm of beat and pulse.

“Dare to be a Rare,” a slogan by the NTID Student Life Team, means any of you have and should demonstrate pride in your rare skills, abilities that nobody else in the world can possess. If you don’t know what your rare skill is yet, then you just wait and be patient. There is no way to make it happen immediately.

Throughout my life I have found my rarity and identity slowly. I was born 23 years ago, and I didn’t know what my red heart was capable of until college when I found an article about the connection between heart and emotions/vibes. The heart does react to emotional vibes from other people. For example, your heart can feel and react to a person’s emotion. Then, you can either go against or join in with other people’s emotions. That’s a cool scientific fact. Quantum physics or atoms are not as big a mystery as is the Red Heart and its abilities. We also thank our Red Heart for beating and keeping us alive on Earth. That’s our life lesson, y’all . 🙂  <3.

My friends and I gave out chocolate candy to people for this holiday. The clubs sold roses and small bags of kisses. We learned that selling a rose is an effective method to get the customer’s attention.And, it worked well for fundraising. The next project for Latin American Deaf Club is to host a Chilean dodgeball game for our general meeting. The Sports Director and I are working together to make this event successful. I am looking forward for it.

Fun Fact for “February is Black History Month:: In 1893, the first successful American open-heart surgery was performed by a black surgeon, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.

See you soon.

Special weekend

Happy Friday! I have some free time and it is an easy pace for me! Super Bowl LI is coming soon on this Sunday. I am so looking forward to it, since Atlanta Falcons finally enter the Super Bowl and will play against New England Patriots. The last time Atlanta Falcons played in Super Bowl was in 1998. But I’m a true fan of New York Giants, by the way.I will be going to my friend’s house for a Super Bowl Party.

College Activities Board (CAB) is student-run organization and also one of several Major Student Organization (MSO) at RIT. CAB will host a Super Bowl Party as well and provide free t-shirts and pizza/beverages. It’s a very deaf-friendly and social event. In addition, this weekend my friends and I will go to the Chocolate on Ice event, one of RIT’s annual and most popular events. There are a variety kind of candies with chocolate provided by different clubs and organizations. A popular dessert is the fondue of the chocolate with strawberries. It’s a delicious dessert. My best memory of this event was an MSO-created activity that was called “chocolate mustache” or “beard.” Students had to literally paint mustaches or beards on their faces with chocolate, and then take a picture of each group or individual participants. This was a fun activity. An additional activity at this event  includes ice skating. I had a blast there. This year, Latin American Deaf Club (LADC) will have a table and serve a Spanish dessert called Choco-banano.

This month, I am celebrating Latin Americans with African descendant, which is called Afro-Latinx on Black History. I learned the fact that a black and male indigenous in Mexico once became Emperor of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlán (within Mexico City). His name was Moctezuma II (from 1466- June 1520). He was the ninth emperor and last one of the Aztec empire before the Spanish conquest. This is an interesting piece of information in Afro-Latinx history! Clubs and organizations host many activities in February to celebrate Black History.

“Identity and dignity are the noble treasure in moral value”. Ciao 🙂

My ethnic identity is awakening

Hello, my name is Franly. I am a fifth-year student at this university. I finally joined Latin American Deaf Club (LADC) today as the Director of Fundraising! It’s been a while since I was involved in any clubs.

Since freshman year, my instinct keep telling me I should consider joining this club because my Latin identity was ambiguous. However, I was not clear with my priorities for participating in clubs until now. Instead, I grabbed several leadership opportunities like former Student Government (SG) NTID Senator, NTID Student Assembly (NSA) speaker and several other committee positions. These experiences gave me a wealth of experience with Deaf peers and staff.

I also worked as a Step-Up Mentor during the academic year under the department of NTID’s Student Life Team (SLT). This job allowed me to work with students of color and international backgrounds in academic and social environments. I learned a new concept called “intersectionality.” This concept answered my struggle between my identities. My friends and I discussed this idea of having more than one identity. I heard several positive experiences from students of color about events hosted by clubs with ethnic backgrounds including the LADC, Ebony Club, Asian Deaf Club and Deaf International Student Association, among others. These organizations give students of color a place where they can bond, feel comfortable and get a sense of home.

At this time, I decided I wanted to do something for people of color  in return. I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I did some research and found some information on the Internet about my country, the Dominican Republic. I decided I wanted to share my Hispanic history with Deaf students who have a Latin background, so I finally stepped up and joined LADC, a club where I can flourish my Hispanic identity before my time at college is over.

Since joining the club, my Hispanic identity is awakening. I feel a positive vibe and motivation to work with the executive board on LADC before my graduation. I wish I had participated in this club sooner, but at least I joined LADC now than never at all. My lesson is to “to carry your dignity and cherish your ethnic identity.” I am more excited than ever to create different fundraising ideas with Deaf and Latin people. I am looking forward to this journey. My recommendation is don’t wait too long to join a club. Grab the opportunity and do it as soon as possible!