About Stephen

Name: Stephen Sweet

Major: Civil Engineering Technology

Hometown: Adrian, Mich.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because of the large hard-of-hearing and deaf population. RIT's strong accreditation program for my major was another factor why I chose to come to RIT.

Clubs/Activities: Cued Speech Club, RIT American Society of Civil Engineers, RIT Cost Estimating Team, RIT Rock Climbing Club and RIT Country Line Dancing Club.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, riding motorcycles, fixing cars/vehicles, working out, hanging out with friends. Anything that keeps me busy!

What I like Best About RIT: The best part of RIT is the ability to interact with deaf and hard-of-hearing people as well as hearing people all on one campus. The opportunities I get at RIT as a result of these interactions are second to none.

Favorite T.V. Show: “Hawaii Five-0,” “Person of Interest” and “Big Bang Theory.”

Fun Fact About Me: I competed in a Tough Mudder obstacle course event in Ohio this past spring.

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Graduation: A successful, yet bittersweet end of a beginning…

Hey all,

As I traveled in the last month, to my sister’s college graduation two weeks ago and listened to her commencement speakers, I listened to what they were discussing and talking about fear. The fear of unknown, not knowing what is going to happen, and yet there should be some fear to drive us to be successful. As I was listening to that, I reflect upon my last five years here at RIT from when I came as a freshman and to where I am now. Even the changes that have occurred to me in the last year, was something I was not expecting to happen, especially traveling throughout the year competing in various competitions and attending conferences. As I look back last night upon my senior year, I ask myself where did the time go? All I could think of was the fun times that I had! With focusing on my academic classes, I participated in clubs, and competitions, practices, giving tours, and hanging out with friends, I look back and am thankful that I had fun and enjoy these moments that I had especially meeting new people and helping being a part of NTID.

As my friends and graduates that I know who will be leaving and starting their own journey,  the interaction and friendships and the stories we all had will be missed. However, I recently came across a quote that I saw and felt this fits perfectly.

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” -Winston S. Churchill

Our times here at RIT/NTID is the stepping stone and the beginning of getting our dream careers. The goal of obtaining our dream job will never cease, it will never end, however, there has to be an end to the beginning. College is a perfect fit to that quote. It plays the role of advancing and preparing us to be successful. After college, we can still maintain friendships, meet up from time to time, and always come back to visit our alumnus.

The memories and friendships that I have made here reaffirmed my decision to attend RIT/NTID. I cannot think where else you will find a diverse campus with multiple cultures and communication situations that present itself on campus that teach you how to be successful for the real world and to be able to handle any challenges that may be thrown your way!

I am going to leave with two quotes by Dr. Seuss and Tom Petty that best represents my thoughts on my friends and faculty that I know here. This has been true as I traveled and run into alumni and friends that I was not expecting to encounter! I apologize I don’t have pictures yet, my camera is broken so all the pictures are through my parents and friends who have them.

“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again” – Tom Petty

And last but not least;  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Wow, a whirlwind trip!


Hard to believe what has happened since I was last on here. I traveled to Erie, PA to take my national engineering exam to start the process of obtaining my professional engineering license. The exam was 8 hours long and started at 8 am, which means I had to drive down Friday night and sleep in the hotel in Erie. It was not a bad drive, although my brain was exhausted after I had completed the exam.

After I had finished the exam, I came back to Rochester and caught up on my homework briefly before flying out early Wednesday morning to St. Louis for a steel conference related to my major. We got there early enough Wednesday that my friends and I who were attending the conference were able to take in the sights of St. Louis and try out some of the local food. It was definitely delicious and you could even tell it was originated from St. Louis. I was able to see the St. Louis Arch and attend the conference and the dinner. The dinner was the best part since they had so much food and the various activities for attendees to do and socialize with other people for networking. It was a blast and I really enjoyed the time with friends and the friendships that I had made in St. Louis.

I arrived back Friday afternoon and RIT was hosting the ASCE conference here as well for my major. We had 14 schools here competing to see who built the best canoes made out of concrete and the best bridges from steel. It was an enjoyable trip and sight to watch. I guess the phrase “All good things must come to an end” is true as I am playing catch up on my homework as I missed classes for the conferences.

Here are some pictures to look at from the recent trip that I had taken!

A view of the St. Louis Arch from my hotel balcony. It was a gorgeous view!

A view of the St. Louis Arch from my hotel balcony. It was a gorgeous view!

Background of the Conference, serving locally made root beer and cream soda!

Background of the Conference, serving locally made root beer and cream soda!


Here is a fountain completely from barbeque and you can cover your food up with as much bbq as you want!

Here is a fountain completely from barbeque and you can cover your food up with as much bbq as you want!




April- A in April stands for “A week of midterms”


This has been a busy week, since I had two midterms to take this week. It is hard to believe that it is April already since I am exhausted with this quarter. I seem to have a lot on my “to-do” list to take care of before I graduate. My schedule doesn’t seems to get much busier than this or in the upcoming week. Extra review classes to prepare for my upcoming FE exam, driving to PA to take the exam next weekend, then flying to St. Louis for a conference, then a huge conference that my major is hosting, all within the next two weeks. Doing all of that, plus searching for a job and doing interviews makes it all seem very stressful right now. It actually is for me and I am rarely stressed out. The warmer weather is coming soon and that is making me more anxious to enjoy it for all it is worth. All I can say is that I have 5 more weeks left before walking across the stage. In the end, it will be worth it when I hold my college degree in my hand!

I think I am going to head out and go country line dancing tonight to relieve my stress!

Enjoy your week!



Career Fair


This week RIT hosted the annual Spring Career Fair. We had over 260 local and national companies here to recruit and hire interns, co-ops, and full time students for the summer and fall. It was a successful turnout and I had a few specific companies in mind. It was successful for me and I have high hopes of obtaining a job when I graduate in May.

Below is a picture of what the Career Fair looked like…

Career Fair

I also have been enjoying the NCAA basketball tournament and March Madness, thankfully my teams are still in the tournament and advance to the Sweet 16!!

Speaking of which, summer is fast approaching and I need to go finish up my job applications and homework. My homework is not going to get done by itself.

Have a great week!



Spring Quarter


Wow, hard to believe that spring quarter is rolling by faster than I had anticipated. It seemed like yesterday I was taking off for spring break in February and now it is the middle of March and fast approaching is April and May which then leads to graduation and summer for me! Wow, I have many mixed emotions, all which are good, but the feeling of my to-do list is slowly getting longer. I am filling out scholarships, thinking and planning on where I would like to go in life that is being successful for my career as an engineer, as well as catch up with all of my friends here this quarter before I leave. This quarter is not as hard or as heavy as last quarter so this will give me plenty of time to research and prepare myself for the upcoming summer and what I would like to do in life!

The spring break was very nice and enjoyable as I spent time catching up with friends who are RIT alumni and those who are soon graduating as well. It was nice to relax and get caught up and realize what I need to do for this upcoming quarter and to experience life that gives you a different perspective.

Have a fabulous week!’s February already?!?!?!


This year has already flown by for me! It is hard to believe it is February right now, but it is even harder to believe that in exactly 100 days I will be walking on the stage and receiving my college diploma. It is hard to believe that I have been here four and half years already. I am sure that as I am speaking of graduation, some of you are excited for your own graduation from high school too! I attended the graduation fair today to get information on what will be happening, what I still need to do and make sure that I am all set on my part to be a smooth and successful day when my family comes to town!

This talk of graduation has kept me busy and this past weekend was the Freezefest and I attended the Extreme Pogo event where stunt experts showed us their cool backflips and stunts that they did on their pogo! It was amazing to watch!

Doing a backflip over the volunteers from the audience

Preparing to do a backflip over the volunteers from the audience.

As I have mentioned it is hard for me to believe it is February because it seems like yesterday I was on Christmas Break and now spring break is coming up soon! But first, I have projects and presentations to do before I can begin my spring break.

Speaking of projects and presentations, I better get started on them.

‘Til next time, have a wonderful and fantastic February!




A week I shall never forget….

Hello all!

What a busy and chaotic week it has been for me. It started off promising, as I registered for my classes this week online. It was quite a weird feeling knowing that you just signed up for the last classes of your college career. What happened next set the precedence for the rest of the week for me. My laptop failed! Well my display screen of the laptop failed. That was crazy for me because I have all of my engineering design projects on there that I have been working on for classes and notes for club meetings that I have. So here I am trying to frantically back-up all of my files and still finish my homework, attend and provide notes to meetings that are all on my laptop, and I cannot see my files because my screen is black. Luckily, I have an external monitor that allowed me to back-up some of my files. On top of that, my laptop will have to be sent out for repairs. (Thankfully it is still under warranty.) So with no laptop, I will be spending that time in the computer lab studying and catching up on homework. Most of my homework for classes are required to be typed and submitted either in Word, or in Excel format. So this was a frustrating week, and the Rochester cold weather didn’t thaw my emotions either.

My days have been busy this week with classes and projects, group meetings from 9 am until midnight! Even on Friday night! I had class from 6pm to 9pm on Friday night which is a review class to prepare myself for a national certification exam that I am taking in April!

Hard to believe it the end of January already! Time is flying way too fast for me! Have a great week!


A studious week 5!

This week has been busy. Trying to adjust from “traveling” mode to school mode and having two engineering mid-terms this week was difficult. It was worth it in the end after taking the tests to head to Global Village for some Bubble Tea, one of many features that are available at Global Village.

After a week like this, there is only one way to end it; head to Ritter Arena to watch the RIT’s men hockey team! It is even better when RIT wins in a SHUT-OUT fashion! 4-0! Now off to do homework and job searching for when I graduate in May.