About Michael

Major: American Sign Language-English Interpretation

Hometown: Frederick, Md.

Why I chose RIT: RIT has a rich community, and offers many activities and opportunities for me to get involved.

Clubs/Activities: Member of RIT Club Soccer Team and student worker for Residence Life.

Hobbies/Interests: I love playing and watching soccer as well as hanging out with my friends.

What I like best about RIT: Making lots of friends is so easy here.

Favorite T.V. Shows: “Avatar” and “Teen Titans.”

Fun fact about me: I’m a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult)

Posts by Michael

Commencement Countdown Now

Hey all!

These last few weeks have been crazy busy for me, so busy that I actually didn’t end up going home for break for even a day. With that in mind, that’s what this blog post will be all about! Where I’ve been the last month!

I was able to stay with my girlfriend for the first week of the break at her home, which was really nice after not seeing her for a few months. Christmas with her family was great, but then a few blinks later, it was time to go…next stop, Florida!

My girlfriend and I flew into Florida to join my family for a trip to Disney. However the process of getting there was…interesting. What should’ve been a 6 hour travel trip, turned into a day and a half hassle. Our first flight was delayed due to a company mistake, and the second was delayed due to weather. On top of that our luggage was delayed. Imagine that, wearing Rochester clothes in Orlando, Florida. Imagine walking in 80 degree weather.

Other than that, Disney was fantastic! It was the most crowded I have ever seen. Some lines took over an hour and a half to get through. The fast passes were definitely needed and our hotel room was amazing. The highlight of the trip had to be the New Year’s celebration. IT WAS AWESOME! And just like that, a few blinks and it was time to go. Next stop, Japan to study abroad!

Now, this was a great part of my vacation. I was able to study abroad with students from NTID in Japan. We visited different cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Tsukuba. To say we ate a lot would be an understatement. It tasted so good, and was fairly cheap, too. We visited different markets, shopping centers, and shrines all over Japan. The highlight of my trip would have to be meeting all my new Japanese deaf friends and having the opportunity to learn their sign language. I cannot wait until I go back. Oh, and I almost forgot, one of my Japanese deaf friends will be visiting in May!

Until next time!

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Goodbye Halloween, Hello Movember!

Hey everyone!

These last few weeks have been a little hectic to say the least. As my boss in Residence Life would say, “It is the “quarter wall” right now.” Where work is starting to pile up right around the 10th week, but we’re in the home stretch! It is absolutely crazy to think that I only have 19 weeks of classes before I graduate in May! But with graduation in mind, I have to start thinking of what’s next. Do I go to graduate school immediately after, or do I wait a while and gain more work experience? Only time can tell!

The past few weeks have been quite exciting, too. I’ll have to catch you all up. To begin, I am a part of the men’s club soccer team here at RIT and this year was the first time we have ever made it to the regional tournament. We had to beat out dozens of other area teams for a bid to make it to the tournament in Delaware, and we did it! It was a blast, and a great time to hang out with some of my friends that I’ve known for years now. They’re a great group of guys and are pretty good at soccer, too. At the tournament we ended up winning one game and losing the other two. We played Syracuse, Brown, and even Harvard. For the most part, the schools at the tournament were Division 1 and we, RIT, are Division 3. We knew it was going to be tough, and the teams were amazing. Overall it was a great weekend and I hope the team can make a habit of going to the regional tournament every year!

Next on my list is Halloween! On campus, it is great to see all the spirit and costumes that people have and wear towards the end of the week. It makes classes and campus feel a little bit different and even more exciting. There were different events such as small Halloween events hosted by different organizations on campus such as the residence halls, NTID Student Congress, and more. I got into the spirit as well since I started “reverse trick-or-treating” on my floor. I went around door to door, giving out candy from a Halloween cart. The surprise was great, and then again, who doesn’t love candy!

Even after the exciting past few weeks, I am definitely excited for winter break as I’ll be going to Disney World in Florida and then Japan for study abroad. Oh, and don’t worry… I’ll take plenty of pictures!

I almost forgot, for Thanksgiving, I’ll be going to NYC to watch the popular Broadway show “Spring Awakening.” There is definitely a lot on my plate and I love it!

Until next time.


Japan, “Into Act” and Sweaters

Hey everyone!

Depending on where you’re from you may have noticed….it is officially fall! The cool weather here in Rochester is amazing and invigorating. While I loved the hot summer, I am definitely ready to crack out my long sleeve t-shirts, sweatpants, long johns, and sweatshirts. Warm during the day and cool at night…what else could you ask for?! But that’s enough small talk, a lot has happened on campus and for me, so its time to catch up!

One thing that has been constantly on my mind is my study abroad trip to Japan this winter. Every class seminar we have, the closer we get to leaving, the more I’m learning, leads to more excitement. We recently had a reflection assignment due where we had to describe what we learned so far from the class,how it applies to our trip, and what we’re excited for. Honestly, it was tough keeping it brief! There is just so much to talk about, the history, the modern culture, thegaming culture, what everyday Japanese life looks like, and my favorite…(drumroll please) THE FOOD! My biggest fear is not having the opportunity to just try everything once.

Coming up this week is “INTO ACT.” You may ask yourself, “what the heck is that?” In fact, it’s an ASL play being hosted here at NTID in Panara Theatre. It’s a great show that a group of actors have been working on, myself included, and we’re excited to show the world what we can do. If you’re still curious, check it out on Facebook! It’s a show with multiple funny skits that all relate to sign language and Deaf culture. If you’re reading this from RIT/NTID or even Rochester N.Y., then you should come and check it out!

Well I guess that’s all for now. I’ve still got some work to catch up on…until next time!


The Beginning to the End…My Senior Year!

Hello again!

Let’s just say it has been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened. I don’t even know where to start! I was bouncing all over the east coast towards the end of summer and then before I knew it, it’s week four of my last fall semester at RIT.

I’ll start with my summer. While at first I got to relax and work for the first few weeks, my summer quickly became quite hectic. My most favorite part of the summer would have to be working at Camp Mark 7 as a KODA (kids of deaf adults) program counselor. Those of you who have read my blogs over the past few years know that last summer was my first time going to CM7 as a counselor, and while that was great, this summer was even more amazing. I got to meet and hang out with over 150 KODAS, lead and be a part of amazing activities, host bonfires, and even go to a water park in the Adirondacks. There are a ton of pictures online from our adventures and it’s always great to look back at the pictures and videos about halfway through the year to get that reminder that KODA Camp is just a few short months away!

As soon as camp was over, I got to hang out at the Outer Banks for a week. It was a great way to recharge my batteries after camp. Let me tell you, it is tiring supervising kids for a few weeks! But before I knew it, that week was over and I was home for maybe a few hours before I got onto a train to come back to New York to hang out with my girlfriend before classes started. We even took a two-day trip out to NYC for a job interview and got to see the city. Even though I had been to NYC a few times, I almost forgot how hectic it can be at all hours of the day.

Then bam! Classes were two weeks away and I started RA training. Then another bam, and classes had started. Honestly, I love every single class that I’m taking now and I have a good balance. Some classes are more for fun like bookbinding, while others focus on learning more about my field. I would have to say though bookbinding is probably my favorite. While not the most popular class, and most people don’t even understand what it is, it’s pretty simple…we just make books.

I’m excited to be back on campus for my final year here at RIT. It is bittersweet though. To know that in just a few months I’ll have my diploma and then be off to the real world will be tough because I know I am leaving such a great place behind. You’ll just have to stay tuned!

Oh, and my next blog topic is, “My future study abroad trip to Japan!”


Open House, Class Selection and Tennis

Hello everyone!

Long time no see! Sorry for the delayed update, but these last few weeks have been absolutely hectic. All the classwork plus the great weather we have now is making my semester just a little bit busier. The last few open houses have been great! I’ve had the opportunity to meet some accepted and prospective students and to show them campus has been great. For those of you who decide to come to RIT/NTID in the fall, find me! I would love to catch up and welcome you to campus.

I also was able to give a tour during the RIT/NTID math competition for deaf and hard-of-hearing students we had on campus a few weeks back. Even though most of the students for the competition were still in middle school, I could definitely see them becoming RIT students in the near future…every one of them!

With only a few more weeks in the semester, the coursework has been in full swing. The past few weeks my major assignment that I’ve been working on is my capstone for the interpreting program. Learning not only to write in a more formal academic, but also to learn how to read research has been valuable and will help me for my future. My future being graduate school, hopefully.

While some of my classes have me sitting in a classroom, my wellness class, tennis, has me doing just the opposite. We started a tournament just the other week and have been competing with each other to see who the eventual winner will be. It’s been great to learn a sport over the span of the semester that I wouldn’t have learned without this opportunity. Wait, let me explain what a wellness course on campus means. It’s just like a high school gym class, except that it focuses on one sport or topic instead of a dozen of them. While a student at RIT, you’re required to take two wellness classes. Since tennis is my first one, I’ll be looking to take my second wellness class my senior year and I’m currently looking to take handball. But we’ll see!

Finally, one of the most exciting and sometimes stressful events happened for a majority of students on campus just last week…picking classes for next year! Since I will be finishing my major’s classes this semester, all I have left to take for next year are some of my minor courses, general education classes, and my free electives. Free electives are some of the most fun you can have in class. For example, there are classes such as foods of the world, theater and creative writing. For me, I’ll be taking two next fall–furniture design and bookbinding. Let’s just say I cannot wait for my classes next year. You’ll have to keep reading my blogs next year to see what other classes I will be taking!




Short sleeve shirts, Shorts, Sun, Spring!

Yes, it is that time yet again. I was able to wear shorts comfortably outside this past week. While I may be overreacting to the weather, I am still excited by the fact that it is getting warmer. By the books, last month was one of the coldest in Rochester and we felt it! So even just a few days break to feel the sun and to even wear sunglasses was much appreciated. I am looking forward to the events on campus after spring break such as Springfest, ImagineRIT, the spring concert, and Brickfest!

Speaking of Brickfest, the team has been selected and I am glad to let you all know that I made the soccer team! However, I have been injured and had to miss the first few practices, but it is not officially Brickfest season. Teams are practicing, there are upcoming meetings, and the pep rally as well! Hopefully this year we can take the cup back from Gallaudet.

It’s always this week that is one of the most challenging, knowing that spring break is just in sight but knowing how much work has to be done before then. But I know the sooner I can finish up my coursework, the sooner I can just relax. While usually I go home for breaks, next week I will be staying on campus, so that I can attend a few meetings, finish off a few to-do lists, and simply relax and sleep.

I promise that next time it’s a nice day, I’ll take a few pictures and show you all how good-looking of a campus RIT really is!

Until next time,


Back to School

Hey everyone,

This last week has been just a little short of insane. It’s been incredible busy, fun and chaotic. Like most students on campus, I can not believe it is already week 6. Honestly, I thought it was going to be week 5 tomorrow, instead of week 7…surprise, surprise.

To start, this week I had a lot of coursework to do. From reading and writing my capstone, going on observations of professional interpreters, and even performing a few songs in ASL for my Interpreting Frozen Texts class, it’s been busy but fun! First off, writing my capstone is tough work. However, it is surprisingly fun. I’ve been able to read articles and journals, which have been written by people who have changed and improved interpreting in general. Some of these authors are even some of my own professors.

As part of the Practicum class for the interpreting major, we are required to observe current professional interpreters as they work and take notes of what we see and interview them. Luckily for me, I was able to observe a fantastic interpreter, not once, not twice, but three times this week. Kathy Gillies, the interpreter I observed, is a veteran in the field and the opportunity to watch her work was amazing. Even though I was only able to watch a few classes of her work, I can safely say I learned a lot.

On another note, this past Saturday Residence Life hosted Group Process Day. Group Process Day (GPD) is a part of the RA hiring process where students are selected and placed into different groups and are required to perform team-building activities. While performing these activities, some RAs and professional staff take notes about the candidates’ performance. Luckily, I was able to watch some of the groups and candidates, and I saw a large number of students who impressed me. The next step for them is the personal interview for the position with the hopes to become an RA for next fall. It is definitely an exciting but nerve-racking experience. I remember being in their shoes just a few short years ago.

Well that’s all for now, until next time.

Incoming Event…Freezefest!

Hey everyone again!

I hope that you’re all staying warm (if you’re near the northeast) and if you’re out west or even in Florida, I am very jealous. This winter has been cold, but some of the pictures that I see of campus when covered with snow are amazing and shows how beautiful the campus RIT can be.

While the RIT campus may be frozen and frigid, we do have an upcoming weekend festival called Freezefest! This festival takes up the whole weekend with a myriad of events and festivities. Some of which include a comic, Bo Burnham is visiting campus for a show, a 5k, a frozen dance, and even ice skating. It’s a great, fun weekend where students of all years and majors come together to just have fun and to take a break from classwork. Oh, and I almost forgot, all weekend, CAB (College Activities Board) will be giving out freebies such as t shirts, hats, sweatshirt, and even sleds! I mean who doesn’t love free stuff?!

While the upcoming week is full of fun, I want to talk about the last week or so. Last week was the first game for my co-ed intramural soccer team where I play with my girlfriend, and my sister. On top of that, we won! It was a fun game and it is definitely relaxing to step away from classwork to just go play. For those of you who aren’t familiar with intramurals, it is a league where students (only from RIT) come together to make a team to join one of three leagues, Division 1, Rec, or Co-ed. At the end of the semester and playoffs, the champion team wins free t-shirts.

On top of intramural soccer, NTID just had their first round of tryouts for Brickfest weekend, and you guessed it! I’m trying out for the soccer team. From the looks of it, our team looks strong! We’ll have a few more tryouts so I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Until next time,


Super Bowl Sunday

Hello all again!

As you can probably see from all the other blogs, classes started this week and the semester is here. But before I talk about how I believe my semester will go, I want to talk about my winter break.

First of all, It went great. It was exactly what I needed. I was able to relax enough and recharge and be ready for the new semester as well as had enough to do so that I wasn’t bored all five weeks. After a few weeks at home, I came back to Rochester about two weeks early. The first week I was able to stay at my girlfriend’s home and then the following week I was on campus for RA mid-year training. Training was fun and it was great to see all my friends again after break.

Then before I knew it, classes had begun. I feel that this semester will not be as busy as my last. I am only taking 12 credits this semester and not working as many hours as before, which is good because this semester I am writing my capstone for my major. While I have a few ideas of what to write about, nothing is set in stone yet.

Other than my credit-bearing classes, I am also taking tennis this semester! Ironically I’ve only played tennis once or twice in high school gym, so we’ll have to see how the tennis class goes.

So that all about sums it for the first week, but I’ll be writing again in about two weeks time!



Before I get into a discussion about finals, I want to discuss about my break and how it went. I went home for Thanksgiving, and it was a break that I definitely needed. Even though I’ve been at school for about three years now, I still love to come home to my family, dogs, and of course my mom’s cooking. While we had a few days off from classes, I still was working at a local electronics store in my hometown. Those days included Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the following Saturday. While those days are the most hectic of the entire year, they may also be the most fun. It was great coming back to see a lot of my old coworkers and even meet some of the new management. But with work, my break felt short and before I knew it, I was back in Rochester. But I hope that the short break will give me enough rest and fuel to finish this last few weeks. Which brings me into what I want to discuss next…finals.

Finals offer two very distinct emotions, relief and nervousness. While the build up to finals is often nerve-racking and tiring, the relief and sense of freedom you feel after you’re done is like no other. Luckily for me, finals actually isn’t too too crazy, however, the week before is. Meaning this upcoming week. I have projects, papers, and final exams to take. But again, as I mentioned before, the relief of finishing everything will be well worth it.

As an RA, I will have to stay and close the dorms on the day after finals. While some may see this as a drag, I love it. The few days between finishing all classes, finals, tests, papers, and anything else and having to the close the dorms are my favorite. I have very little obligation, meaning, I get to play video games, sleep, and relax before I have to go home.

Until then, I’ll be working, studying, or in class. In the end, it’ll all be worth it.