About Forrest

Hometown: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Major: Political Science

Clubs/Activities: I was selected to be a participant in RIT's Annual Political Science Convention, where I presented a research paper. I also assist at Open House. 

Hobbies/Interests: I absolutely love to travel. I also enjoy discussing politics and international affairs, writing, cooking and doing outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and kayaking. 

What I Like Best About RIT: I have found RIT to be a particularly inclusive and diverse community. Having a large deaf and hard-of-hearing population, along with students from all over the world is what makes RIT so unique and open to everybody. Being deaf myself, I have felt at home here at RIT. 

Favorite T.V Show: "The Blacklist" 

Fun Fact About Me: I wasn't always named Forrest. I changed my name when I was 8 years old, and changed it legally when I was 16. 

Posts by Forrest

Week 4 already?

Hi everyone! It’s week 4 and the semester is in full swing. It’s amazing how time flies for us busy college students. As my time at RIT draws to a close, I think back on my almost 4 years here with a lot of nostalgia, while simultaneously looking forward to graduate school with a lot of excitement. I just found out last week that I was accepted into Northeastern University to pursue a master of science in global studies and international relations. I’m happy to have the political science foundation that I have received here at RIT. It’ll be a good bedrock of information and knowledge going into my future program.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RIT thus far and aim to make the most of my final semester. Whether it’s in class, or at lunch with my friends, I’m happy with how this semester is unfolding. I’m looking forward to April, when RIT hosts several Open Houses for prospective students. I greatly enjoy talking with people and am excited to show people who were in my position 4 years ago why RIT is such a great place.

Some words of advice for prospective students: come visit RIT with an open mind. When I first came to visit, I liked it, but I didn’t love it the way I do now. I saw the potential that RIT had to offer however, and decided to make that leap and come here. Now that I’m here and have been here for almost 4 years, I wouldn’t change a thing. The RIT community is a warm and welcoming one to all people. I was also struck by the way professors paid attention to us–I had this image of professors being aloof or holier-than-thou, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a lot of misconceptions about college, and RIT shattered all of them for me. One final note: college is said to be some of the best years of your life–and that has certainly been the case for me.

Happy February!

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had a great holiday and New Year’s break. I know I did! I went to visit family in Massachusetts for the holidays and had friends down in Philly visit, where I’m from, for New Year’s. I also went to NYC to visit friends and spent some time at my family cabin in the Catskills. It wasn’t all fun and games though – I was furiously working on graduate school applications to lighten the load for when I returned to RIT.

Now it’s week 2 of my final semester and things are picking up quickly. I’m only taking four courses, but they are pretty intense already! I’m taking Global Political Economy, Politics through Film, The Congress and my Political Science Senior Capstone course. There is a lot of reading and writing involved, but I’m enjoying the classes and material so far.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of, “Oh my, I’m graduating in May…” to spur me into action despite my encroaching senioritis. It is very tempting to say, “I’m done” – but I know how important this semester is for now, and for my future. I’m currently finishing the last of my grad school applications, so it can be challenging to balance school work and applications. I’m learning a very valuable lesson in time management!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be wrapping up important classes related to my major, political science, and will continue my work as a student ambassador. Most crucially, I will make a decision regarding my future. My top choice currently is a master’s program in security and diplomacy at Tel Aviv University in Israel! I love to travel and hope to get this opportunity to study abroad for my entire degree program. I would be living and studying in Tel Aviv for a year, with some trips home to see friends and family. Stay tuned!

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Hey everyone! This is my first time posting, as I recently joined the RIT/NTID Student Ambassador Team. I’m very excited to be on board, so I can share my experiences at RIT. I’m currently a fourth-year student here, studying political science with minors in sociology/anthropology and history. I’ve been happy with the wide range of programs RIT offers a liberal arts student such as myself. Given that RIT tends to focus on science and technology, it’s been nice to discover that it’s a very well rounded environment here. Many of my friends come from all different majors, which is nice because I get a taste of each that way.

I’m taking an exciting course load this year as I wrap up at RIT. This semester, I’m finishing my minors, and am taking political science courses as well. I’m taking U.S. History since 1945, Comparative Politics, Law Enforcement in Society, Immigration to the U.S. and Globalization and Security. In the spring, I’ll be taking my capstone course – kind of like my thesis – along with three other courses. And then it’s a wrap! Looking forward, I’m currently applying to graduate school for a master’s in Global Studies and International Relations. While I’m sad to be leaving my friends and RIT overall in May, it’s exciting to see what the future holds! Stay tuned…