About Marissa

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Why I chose RIT: I chose RIT because of its excellent educational programs, the mix of deaf and hearing cultures on one campus, diversity of students from across the United States and other countries, and the amazing access services.   

Clubs/Activities: I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.

Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, traveling, being adventurous, reading and meeting people. 

What I like best about RIT: RIT is very deaf friendly, which I love and really appreciate. The fact that so many people here on campus know sign language makes me feel good because it makes communication easy.

Favorite T.V. Shows: “Modern Family” and “Friends.”

Fun fact about me: I'm ambidextrous. 

Posts by Marissa

What is Senioritis?

This is week ….. 15? Thus,  my very last blog. So sorry I haven’t been blogging as much, as I’ve been really busy…… having senioritis. The only known cure for this is graduation. However, that’s not necessarily the case for me.

Some of you may know, and some of you may not, but a couple months ago I got accepted to grad school in D.C. for Sign Language Education! This is the perfect program for me since I want to be an ASL Professor. I am more than happy to start my next chapter, but it’s been a challenge maintaining my schoolwork, knowing that I already got accepted. Worry not, my friends, it may have been difficult having motivation, but after all, I am a Polvere and have managed this far. I can do two more weeks.

Before I continue on, how many times can you say you know someone who will be taking grad school courses before graduating as an undergrad? Two schools at once in different locations? Exactly. Only this gal. I will begin my online courses on May 19 as a grad student, and graduate RIT on May 23 as an undergrad. Kudos for me! I am in a hybrid program–I will be taking online courses and on campus courses. I start online until this June. I am so excited to see what D.C. has in store for me.

But leaving Rochester will be bittersweet. Not only has Rochester has treated me well, but I have made a lifetime of memories here. For those of you who are new to Rochester, I highly recommend you to explore and see what’s out there. Go downtown. Go to national parks, like Letchworth or Chimney Bluffs (supposed to be similar to the Badlands). There’s always a bunch of things to do. That’s what the Internet is for. I know that’s one of my few regrets, as I didn’t explore as much as I would’ve liked. Also, please, please take advantage of the variety resources we have available on campus. We really do have incredible services, I can only wish I used it to my advantage more. There are always events happening on campus. I am emphasizing this: get INVOLVED. How often do you get a variety of opportunities being given to you in your face? Only at RIT.

College is supposed to be one of the best four years of your life. It’s the time you get to be “selfish,” and I say this in a positive way. By being selfish, I mean by being able to do whatever you want, simply because you want to. You’re finally on your own and you can make your own decisions and similarly have to take responsibility for all your mistakes and bad life choices. Go ahead and join 10 clubs at once because you’re not gonna be able to do that after college. Remember, everything you do on campus.. is pretty much FREE. How many times can you get to do awesome things for free? Or for a really cheap price? College is a time period where you have no real consequences that will hurt anyone else. You’d be doing yourself a favor, really. Doing things that you normally would never do, is the best thing that you can do for yourself. It’s the only way you can learn about your likes and dislikes and how you want to grow as a person.  

The great thing about RIT, though, is its support system. You have friends, mentors, teachers, advocates, and everyone else that you can think of, all right here on this campus. Take advantage of it and make the best out of that. Because who knows, but it can get you far in life, especially with the beauty of networking. How often can you interact with 22,000 people that’s pretty much on the same page as you at once? Only at college.

Try to learn how to unicycle, or how to juggle balls, or how to play HVZ (human vs zombies). Get involved with the most random clubs, such as the Beard club (if you’re a fan of them). Learn sign language. Learn other languages. Travel a bit. Or sit in your room and learn how to code/program. Or be on Reddit all day long, as long as you’re benefiting from it. Just do what you want for yourself and try everything. I know I did not try everything on campus and I wish I did. 

Here’s an important message: get drunk on some self-love and just do you for the next four years of college. I can promise you one thing. You will learn…a lot.

I love RIT and am more than grateful that I attended here. Go class of 2014!




Jumping in the air at The Grand Canyon of the East Coast-Letchworth


The T.V. looks smaller than it actually was in person. This guy brought in a 27-inch television to Midnight Oil (kinda like a cafe for those of you who don’t know) and watched cartoons and was on his laptop at the same time. At first, I was surprised. Why not watch it in his dorm or wherever he lives? But then I was impressed. He actually carried that big of a size to Midnight Oil??? Not many would do this. Then I reminded myself.. we have random people like this all the time. Only at RIT. IMG_4832

Downtown Rochester! IMG_4308

This was when I experienced RIT being closed for a snowstorm. The last time RIT closed due to the weather,was almost 15 years ago.. Here’s to making the best out of it on snow days!



Helloooo D.C.!  IMG_4878

Just for laughs! This is my friend’s goat, named Buck on her car in Michigan.

Peace & love, ya’ll

Is it Spring Yet?

I’m not sure if Spring’s coming early or it was just one week with good weather. I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature drops again and the snow comes back. As of right now, the snow has melted away and the thing about Rochester is you just never know when it comes to the weather! I have no idea if I should pack up my winter stuff or not.

Last week, I had a friend from France visit me. I had a great time with her. It was unfortunate that she only stayed for five days. I wish she could stay longer because there’s so much more to see at RIT and in Rochester. The first thing we did was check out the abandoned subway downtown and then we went to Dino’s BBQ for dinner–two things you have to experience when you’re in Rochester!

I’m starting to feel the pressure of my school work load because it’s very difficult to keep my motivation rolling. I need to finish my last semester strongly! I admire those who still have motivation and are keeping it up.

Time to kill this week and next week with a bang.


My Very Last Semester at RIT

Hey everyone!

I’m so glad to be back blogging for ya’ll–it’s been a while! I’m so glad I got to experience a nice long five-week winter break; for the past three years, I only had, what, a two-week break? Maybe a little less and it was never enough. Experiencing a really nice long break my senior year is the perfect way to end my college years, especially because I had the opportunity to go to South America for a month. Now that I’m back, I’m already anticipating to go somewhere for spring break, hopefully Central America.

Before I continue on, am I crazy for going snowboarding the minute I got back to Rochester after a month of intense humidity and pure hotness? I was exhausted from traveling, but I needed more adrenaline; thus, snowboarding the day after I got back did its justice. Then came Monday, I started my day off going to classes as an extremely happy gal. (As far as classes go, I already had an exam two weeks after I started classes.. looks like my teachers are still not used to semesters).

I’ll say one thing though, I did not have enough home-cooked food during my break, because I didn’t have the chance to stay home long enough due to working a lot the first week I got back and then obviously went on my backpacking trip (after Christmas). I had an incredible time in South America and definitely plan on going back to explore more of the country. My Spanish improved a little and that’s always exciting to me, being able to converse at least a little bit to the locals in Spanish. Ultimate self-pride right there.

Many people said that five weeks was too long of a break for them, but I think it’s because they didn’t know what to do with their time. But honestly, if I could, I’d have no problem staying home on the couch with my family for five weeks. Even though that’s incredibly long and sounds horrendous, and knowing me, I cannot sit still and do nothing for five weeks, but as I get older, I realize I’m somewhat homesick and miss my family. I don’t know when’s the next time I can get a chance to lounge around and not do a darn thing at home. Especially for that long of a time-period. Amazing foods cooked by my dad and endless conversations with my ma and hanging out with my siblings is something that I miss and I look forward to doing that when the time comes.

Because my senior year is coming to a close, it’s time for me to think about my future. Hence, I have been currently in the process of applying to graduate school in D.C. and I should hear back in a couple of weeks. I’m excited to see what life holds in store for me! So far, it’s been great.

Polvere out



The Cold is Approaching

Hey there!

Fall semester is coming to a close (already it’s week 12…where did the time go)? However, the workload is quite the opposite. I’m not sure if this is a semester thing, or the professors are still treating it as if it’s a quarter system because they are not used to the system conversion. Some students have been complaining about the workload they have and how they feel overwhelmed and blame it on semesters. It makes me wonder if it’s because of the teachers still treating it like they’re used to: fast pace, or we’re not used to having this amount of time to do homework that it kicks us in the behind in the end. I’m gonna be exhilarated when week 12 and 13 end, because in the meantime, I’ll be frazzled with very little sleep.

Besides academics, I can sense the change with the weather now. Winter is coming. It’s getting colder, which means SNOW TIME! Heyyy, Bristol (it’s times like this is when I wish our school was located right by Colorado’s mountains, like Boulder, so we could hit the slopes any day, all day long). For those of you who are not familiar with Bristol Mountain, it is a ski resort nearby Rochester. It’s been years since I’ve snowboarded so I miss it greatly and cannot wait to get my skills on.

Something exciting happened to me today that I’d like to share. I gave a campus tour today to people who were from Sweden. I was psyched to give a tour to them because I love international people and I think they are fascinating. I am so glad to say I learned a little bit of their alphabet and let me tell you, it’s completely different than ASL. Their “C” is the same as our “S,” just so you get the idea. They gave me a mug that had the Swedish alphabet and I cherish it already. Thanks to them, I have a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Cannot wait to have my first tea or coffee in that mug!!


Sunday Funday

Because it’s the 10th week, I spent the majority of my day today at my favorite place: the library. The point of doing classwork, studying, you name it at this sanctuary place is to leave feeling content, because everything that needed to be complete has been supposedly accomplished. However, on my end, it’s been over 6 hours and I will be leaving the library feeling like I need to pull my hair out due to the amount of work I still need to do, even though I did a lot. Besides the 3 tests I need to study for and big papers coming up, I desperately need to get more hours for my second co-op so I can graduate on time, and in addition to starting GRE and applications for grad school has been on my mind. Indeed, I am feeling quite stressed: if only there was more time in one day, I’d be able to do more.

Polvere out

My First Semester Ever At RIT

My first semester ever at RIT, yup, as a senior. RIT used to be on a quarter system but converted to semesters right before school started this year. Half of RIT’s population dislikes the conversion but the other half loves it (specifically, me). With the switch to semesters we got Columbus Day off this year. Having the day off was victorious and gave me a long weekend. My roommate’s birthday also was this past weekend, and my parents came to town for RIT’s Homecoming weekend. This was my very last Homecoming weekend. I swear, every year Homecoming gets better and better. Not sure whether I appreciate RIT’s vast kingdom more or if RIT is improving year after year.

This past Saturday was an eventful day. I woke up bright and early (is 10 am bright and early?) and had my parents pick me up for breakfast. After grabbin’ my first meal of the day, my parents and I checked out the Gabrielle Giffords’ presentation. She and her husband have had an interesting life; a congresswoman married to an astronaut. I am in awe of how far she has come from being shot in the brain to being able to speak. After the inspirational presentation, it was time to tailgate. It was nice having a grill out at the parking lot, eating hotdogs and hamburgers, catching up with alumns, friends, and parents. Watching the hockey game was difficult. When when the game started, Michigan scored right off the bat and from there, we were biting our nails ’til the end of the game. We ended up losing, 7-4. Regardless, I had a great time; it is that one time of the year when every one of us are die hard core hockey fans and are gathered together to roar.

A lot of my time was spent with my parents until it was time for them to head off to my home state, Illinois. Ever since then, I’ve been busy enjoying my mini break. Yes, an oxymoron. It was my roommate’s birthday so the celebration took all day.

And before I know it, it’s Tuesday already. I keep forgetting that today’s not Monday. My long weekend was dope, but I failed to time manage by not doing homework in between, or not finishing it up before the weekend started. That being said, I’m feeling stressed due to deadlines that I am not ready for. I’m truly a procrastinator at its best. Time to start time managing!

Thankful for Required Co-ops

RIT requires most majors to have cooperative work experiences before earning our degree. The number of co-ops required varies depending on the major; for instance, Psychology (my major) requires 2 co-ops, while Engineering requires 5 co-ops. Five is quite a lot, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do in order to get experience and to better yourself as much as possible before searching for your very first job after college. Being exposed to real job experiences before actually having a real job really does help form you into a better professional worker. I promise you, the more job experience you get before your actual first job, the more you will develop your professional skills; your boss will love you and will be more than impressed.

I am truly thankful that RIT requires students to complete co-ops because if it wasn’t for my recent co-op, I would not have been a step closer in chasing my dreams with my career. I thought I wanted to do something in the psychology field, such as working in a private practice being a therapist, but now I realize that it isn’t something I see myself doing for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed my internship, but I had days when I wondered how the other psychologists could do what they were doing until they were 60 years old. I realized it’s because they love their profession but I didn’t.

This was the perfect time for me to start thinking about “Plan B” for my career. I was on the borderline of becoming a psychologist or becoming a teacher. I learned that I prefer to not sit still all day long and listen to clients’ problems throughout the day. It is more of something I enjoy doing as a hobby; being there for anyone who needs to talk because I am a good listener. I always thought, “hey, I’m a good listener, and I like helping people, this must mean that being a psychologist would be the perfect job for me,” but apparently not so. I do not want to get paid to listen and to be there for others when they need someone; I’d like to get paid to be able to teach people my language, my culture, and something that I have somewhat control of. And by control, I am referring to some of my clients’ problems at my Internship that I had no control over. I didn’t like it. I felt helpless. I couldn’t help out their families, change their families for them, give them a better life, or stop cancer for them. I couldn’t get rid of their problems entirely. All I had to do was hope for the best for them and advise them with what I could. All I could do was be there for them physically and sometimes that is truly more than enough for someone. But it wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to help even more; hence, teaching is something else that I am thinking of pursuing.

I was lucky to be able to work in two complete different departments; one department was for behavior, and the other was medicine related. Working with two departments gave me a much better idea about the kind of job that would fit with my personality and what I would enjoy doing professionally. For those of you who know me, I do not do well with strict scheduling. I am more of a free spirited person and like to do things unexpectedly at times. I do like planning, but not all the time. I don’t want to plan every single thing I do and that was what I had to do for my behavioral department. I had to have appointments in advance, know when the patients were coming, I had to have some things planned out, etc. However, for my medical department, things were last-minute. Of course there were some things planned, but there were also many unexpected moments, and that’s something I enjoyed more. For instance, some patients needed help at this second and I was up and ready to help them. Many were going through some medical conditions, such as having cancer, HIV/AIDS, severe surgeries, etc., and I felt like I was able to contribute more in that department. (I certainly didn’t sit all day and that’s something I also appreciated.)

Because of my internship, I realize that I like working at hospitals and teaching (I taught my colleagues once a week at the hospital which helped me realize that maybe teaching sign language is something I’d like to pursue). I’m also very, very grateful that I had two amazing supervisors to work with who gave me wonderful feedback. They were very eager for me to experience what working in the real world is like and they did a fantastic job. If it weren’t for them, I would not have gained the knowledge I have now and my perspective on things would be very different. In all honesty, I learned so much because I really did learn from the best and I’m extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to work with them.


Bring it on, 2013-2014!

Well, I had one heck of a summer. Going from studying abroad in Croatia, backpacking in Europe for 6 weeks, and then coming back home with only one week off (well, merely, considering that it was the 4th of July weekend) and then doing my internship in Chicago at Mount Sinai Hospital, to just moving in for the very last time at RIT. I cannot believe that it is my 4th year already and the fact that I am nearly at the end of my college chapter, excites and frightens me.

I have been faced with a lot of new changes at once, such as immersing myself within another culture, learning their ways, gaining new friends, losing some, working for the first time in the real world, faced some challenges, I learned how to communicate with my clients and patients with their limited language ability, and of course, RIT’s semester conversion.

A lot of people were, or are still not happy that RIT went from quarters to semesters, but so far, I like it. This is because I start school on the same day as most college students do. I have days off (we never ever had days off, not even Columbus Day), classes are prolonged which could be a bad thing or a good thing, depending on how you want to look at it. I like to tell myself that it’s a good thing because I have more time to learn and more time to do my homework. There are no hurries and that’s something very new at RIT considering that we like to be FAST PACED. Did I say fast-paced? I mean, very fast-paced. And of course, how can I forget, the 5-week winter break and spring break will finally be at the same time as other college students! Spring break used to be very early; we’d have off in February. Freakin’ February, while most college students have their spring breaks during March. Even high schoolers. I’d say everybody else did but those who are on a quarter system.

Being that this is my last year, I am going to take advantage of my 5-week winter break by going to South America for a month after Christmas. I hope to snowboard before Christmas but we’ll see if I’ll be able to do both. I believe that all we have is now, and if I can take the opportunity to do something I desire, such as traveling, then grab it now because, if not now, then when?

That’s all for now!

Polvere out

Week 8

This week was a good one, besides the unpredictable weather. When I say unpredictable, I mean literally. One day it was 62 degrees out then the next day, the temperature dropped to 35 degrees. Typical Rochester.

There were a lot of fun events going on this weekend. FreezeFest along with other fun events, such as Rock the Boat (and more but I did not attend to them except the ones that I am mentioning on this post).  Joel McHale actually came to do a stand up comedy for RIT and I am proud to say that I got to see him walk past me at the gym. I had no idea that McHale is really tall! During FreezeFest, one of the fundraiser was $1 for playing with puppies from the rescue shelter. The lines were incredibly long and it was too cold outside so I am bummed to say I was unable to play with the adorable puppies!

Rock the Boat is an event by TriSigma, a deaf sorority at RIT- it was a fundraiser for children in hospitals.  They had good music, dancing, food, and “jail-time” where they’d put you in jail and someone would have to pay 25 cents to bail you out. I enjoyed it, I got to see some old friends and met some new people there as well. It’s a fun place to interact with people and to enjoy yourself.

Today is the SUPERBOWWWWWLLL!! I am supporting the Ravens, mainly because they are the underdogs. Even though I am from Chicago and should probably support 49ers since they are NFC and the Ravens are AFC, but like I said, I think it would be nice if the Ravens have a chance to win the superbowl.

I have SO much homework to do that I am mad at myself that I was unable to get much done but that is what Monday all day is for! Time management at its finest 🙂

Later gators



Week 6

Hey everyone!

This week has been hectic for me; I’ve been overloaded with homework, a project, & a presentation and besides that, I’ve been trying my best to balance everything because I am the type that likes to try to do everything at once if possible! I try not to miss out on things because I believe that if the opportunity’s there then grab it! My attempt this week with getting a sufficient amount of sleep, hanging out with friends, doing some sorority things, working, getting ready for study abroad, and finally, staying on top of my school work was difficult.

Because it is very likely for me to study abroad this spring quarter, I am trying my best to hang out with my friends as much as possible considering that I will not see them, some for 7 months (til next fall), and some, not for a very long time, due to graduating this following spring! 🙁 (Will miss my senior friends, best of luck to them!)

My goal this week was to avoid procrastination and to stay on top of everything but that was a fail, as I have to stay in this weekend and hang out with my laptop for the entire time being! 🙂 But then again, academic comes first, it’s very important to know how to work hard first then play.

I just cannot believe it’s week 6 already, time sure flies.

‘Til next time!