About Tabitha

Major: Laboratory Science Technology

Hometown: Merced, California

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because it offered the major I wanted to study. They have both worlds—deaf and hearing—on campus. I also came here to see what it's like to live on and experience the East coast. 

Clubs/Activities: Hands of Fire, Cru (a Christian organization), Latin American Deaf Club. 

Hobbies/Interests: I love listening to music and running.

What I Like Best About RIT: There are so many different people you meet. Not only that, RIT has the best of both worlds!

Favorite T.V. Show: “Criminal Minds,” “Sundance” and “CSI.” 

Fun Fact About Me: When I was a freshman student here at RIT, I dyed my hair blue!

Posts by Tabitha

On the Road to New Jersey and Then Back to RIT!

Hello everyone,

First off, I want to apologize for not keeping my blogs up-to-date. I was busy with midterms and meetings. But anyways, it’s spring break now…whoot! Sadly, it’s coming to an end soon. For spring break I went to New Jersey with my best friend. We left last Saturday and we drove all the way to New Jersey. When we arrived it was beautiful to see the beach, sand and sun. But in the evening, the weather is similar to Rochester.

I spent my break watching different movies and reading two books. I haven’t yet finished any of the books. One evening I looked over at an aquarium and I saw a pink fish without one eye and a catfish swimming backward that barely touched the top surface of the water. It amazes me to see different animals.

I went to a Mexican grocery store and I was thrilled that they had one here in New Jersey. There I spoke with a lady in Spanish to find a coffee cup and comal redondo lamina (a metal round grill). I am very excited to bring these back to school and make homemade corn tortillas. She was so friendly and gave us two free conchas (Mexican pastry). It has sugar on top of the bread and goes really well with abuelita’s hot chocolate.

This weekend is going to be FUN. My best friend’s sister is planning a surprise birthday party for her sister and that sister is planning a bridal shower for another sister. Both sisters have no idea that they are planning each other a surprise party. It’s going to be a double party. All of the family and friends are going to be there. It’s going to be interesting to see both sisters reactions tomorrow.

Also I got amazing news! I got a summer internship in Texas and I look forward to the work this summer. There’s only six weeks left of school after we come back from spring break.

See you (blog readers) next time!

Mexican Pottery Mug


Back From Break


A selfie in a cold wintry mix weather!

Snow Path

Snow trail.


Week 2 Agenda.

I came back from a month winter break. During my break, I got to spend time with my family and friends. My family made lots of food for welcoming me back home. The food was so good that it made my tummy super full. They made tamales, homemade spicy sauce, and flan which is a caramel custard. My sister and I went to visit one of the attractions in LA and went to see family friends from the south. It was a relaxing break which I needed after a long fall semester.

Now, fast forward to week two being back on campus. The weather has turned from o.k. to really chilly. You can see the photo to get the idea of how cold it is. I am blessed that a friend of mine made me a scarf long enough to cover my neck and face from the icy snow and keep me warm enough to walk to class.There’s also a picture of a snow trail. I took that path as a shortcut to get to class on time.

The last picture is a photo of my agenda. This is my strategy to get my work done. In black ink is the subject or the homework. The red ink is the due date. The purple ink is my side notes.

One of the fun things that happened this week is about Professor Todd. He had a full class (all LST students) in Chemical Separation and Chromatography. I sat at the corner and Professor Todd walks up front and back. I barely see him signing the lecture. This is the fun part. I raised my hand to ask him to move, so that I can see him signing. He tried so hard to stay back of the white board. I told him maybe I should get superglue and glue his shoes. He had an idea and walked to the supply table and grabbed some tape and put tape on his shoes, so that he wouldn’t move. He and everyone laughed. Our class can be fun, especially seeing our professor do funny things like this.

A Long Rested Weekend

Hi blog reader!

I had a restful weekend. I was invited to a spa to celebrate my friend’s birthday. She’s one of our ambassadors, too. Try to guess who it is! I’ll give you a hint…she  might write a blog about her birthday. I also had a chance to go out and hang out with my friends and did some fall photo shoots right before my second job shift started. It was so much fun and nice to be away from campus. During the photo shoot, I saw a cute little black pug wagging its tail and hanging out its tongue while walking on the colorful fallen leaves on the ground. I got to pet it and it was a nice feeling to pet the dog. I also did some cleaning at my apartment. It’s so nice when a house is clean because then you can do many things during the week instead of cleaning.

For school, I had to communicate to my professors that I will have to go back to California in two weeks to get my wisdom teeth taken out. It’s really important to let your professors know about an absence early to start planning about what work you may miss and how to make it up. I don’t like to miss school, even if it’s a health issue, but it is also important to take care of your health. You also need to plan ahead to get the best price on purchasing the plane ticket.

In class this week, the topic I learned about was the difference between the terms alkene and alkyne. Alkene has double bond with carbons at the end of the bond. Alkyne is triple bonds with carbons at the end of the bonds. It looks like this: C=C for Alkene, but I can’t figure out how to make a triple line on my laptop keypad for triple bond. You kind of get it, right? If not, ask anyone in the chemistry field and they will show you what it is.

Have a great day!


Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend was so relaxing. I went to a place called Long Point in New York  for fall retreat. It’s about an hour and a half away from RIT. The scene has a lake, corn field, small rows of pine trees and the road is single-lane but steep. It’s fun when you walk down from high road to lower road. You also could see trees full of orange, yellow, brown and some green leaves swirling in the air. I didn’t take a picture because I wanted to just enjoy the beauty of nature and be away from the technology world. I also got sick from cold. I rested a couple of days and felt better after drinking so much of hot tea and vitamin tablets in dihydrogen monoxide solution (which means water).

It is the 6th week already in school. I have a test coming up. My homework assignments and lab reports are starting to pile up more which means I need to prepare more and spend time studying. I want to turn in all of my assignments on time. Last Sunday I was so enthusiastic to see the T.V. show, “Once Upon A Time.”  Elsa and Annabelle showed up in the show. I pulled a single couch and moved it to the front so I could see the captions and made peanut butter and jelly to eat. It ended good. Back to square one to busy week.

I have class now . Hasta la Vista!


My Week in a Spin

Hello People!

My week has turned a spin! A fun spin. I was promoted to another level of work and with that, I am able to interact with deaf and hearing people at the library circulation desk! My experience working there was positive. Students and professors were kind and patient. My new job is to find the book for them, give them the call number, and indicate which floor to find the book. Some patrons also come to borrow a laptop, a whiteboard kit, and check out leisure DVDs. We have new furniture to sit on, and guess what it is? It’s a bobbin! I sat on it and swirled in it! Wee hee!

People can sit on it all day and do homework or swirl to have a little bit of fun before heading back to homework

People can sit on it all day and do homework or swirl to have a little bit of fun before heading back to homework

Spin me away!

I live in an apartment for this academic year. I love to cook, even though I kind of don’t feel confidence cooking my own food. I need to relearn it again, and that’s okay. I like to learn! My good friend from back home sent me the most delicious banana muffin recipe. It was so good! I shared some with my friends, and took some for myself as a lunch snack. They liked it !

During the school week, I was very productive, and I am so glad to be back to school. This week my classmates and I learned to use the distillation technique, and made 1x buffer solutions. Organic chemistry is the most challenging course to take. We have to do a lot of math calculations and answer questions online. Especially the lab notebook, I make a lot of mistakes on it and yet it needs to leave it on lab notebook. I had to draw the line through it and put my initial and date on it. Every week we type our lab reports and upload them to the school website that we are assigned to for my courses.

Calculatulated the concentration before making the solution

Calculated the concentration before making the solution

At RIT I am involved with Hands of Fire and Vis Viva Dance Company. Today I went to CRU with the Hands of Fire team to a leadership brunch and we meet with several universities in town. We talked about how we can grow our community and have them involved with us. It was a great way to start our weekend with a warm welcome and free food! For Vis Viva we are doing a jazz routine and I need to practice it. Practice makes it perfect!

Exploring a New Cup of Tea

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham

Hi everybody!
I know I haven’t blogged in quite a while. As you can see the title “Exploring a New Cup of Tea,” I decided to try new things when spring semester started, and I happened to try out for Vis Viva here at RIT. It’s a dance company run by students. They make their own dance moves. I didn’t know I was good at dance. I had no experience of being in a dance club in the past. I got accepted which was exciting for me.

Above the blog there is a picture of a quote. I’d like to share why I posted it. Almost everyone in the dance company has between 8-16 years of dancing experience. I didn’t have any experience. Sometimes if I feel bad about myself for not having as much experience as the other members I look at this quote and I feel better because I have the passion.

I also tried another cool thing this semester….playing Yu-Gi-Oh cards. It is Japanese collectable card game developed and published by Konomi. I’m not an expert at it yet, but I enjoy playing it.

Lately, I have not been in homework mode because here on campus there is so much cool stuff going on. Next weekend is the annual FreezeFest event and this week they will be giving away lots of free stuff to promote the event. And next weekend there will be winter activities to partake in all day long.

Everyday you learn something new! Like today, I learned how to record a video for a presentation in “green room” as known as production room for my biology class. The plant I researched was Victoria Amazonica. Common word is “Giant Water Lily.” It is a very pretty plant. A fun fact about this plant is when the flower is white, it’s a female and when the petals change to pink, it’s a male. This was named after Queen Elizabeth. A Giant Water Lily pad can hold 300 pounds!


Plants in the Dorm!

Hey Guys!

This past week was exhausting and busy. I worked in the morning from 7:30 am – 10:00 am three times during the week and then I had classes all day. This weekend I took Saturday off from doing homework all day. I went to a nearby store to get things I needed like shampoo, toothpaste and a little candy for myself. I haven’t gone shopping for awhile. Usually I go off campus twice a month to get the things I need. I rode the RIT bus and used an RIT app for the schedule of bus pick-up and drop-off locations. The bus only runs from 9:30 am to 9 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A lot of first-year students and students who live in the dorms are packed on the bus. Luckily, the day I went was not that bad. I also watched a movie on my laptop to relax. Then the day went by fast. Oh! You’d probably wonder why the title says “plants in the dorm!” After taking a nap, my resident assistant came by to my room and invited my roommate  and I to go to another dorm building to make flower pots with plants. And it was free! My roommate and I went with our RA and we talked about how school was going. My roommate and I painted our pots and brought them in our room with a smile. We like to do things like this to help relieve stress and it did. I ought to go to class in few minutes. See y’all later! 😀

Plants in painted pot!

Plants in painted pot!

TWC Students and Staff Employee Mixer

Jody and our students employee

Jody and our students employee

Bingo sheet and a prize

Bingo sheet and a prize

Hello Everyone!

I went to an event called “TWC Students and Staff Employee Mixer”. For those of you who don’t know what it is, TWC stands for The Wallace Center that houses the RIT Library. I have a second job at the library besides being an NTID Ambassador. This event was held so all my peers and staff were able to socialize and get to know a little bit more about each other. Everyone I met was very nice. I met a few staff members who have worked at RIT for over 20 years. We enjoyed delicious snacks and drinks. We also played Bingo. This Bingo game, however, was little different than the traditional one. My boss, who hosted this event, made a Bingo game related to the library department. The Bingo sheets came in two different colors. One was orange and it was for the staff. The second was blue and it was for students like me. I had to ask the staff where they work and if they knew ASL. Some of the other questions that I asked them were if they teach classes, work with numbers or have a master’s degree in Library Science. I won the Bingo game with a straight line and received a little gift with candy. After that, Jody, one of the library staff members, gave us a tour of the library. Our library has four floors. The first floor was recently renovated, the second floor contains the RIT Archives and the third floor had a new room installed called Cary Graphic Arts, which is one of the country’s premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices. If you ever have time to visit here on campus, I would recommend you go see the RIT Archives and Cary Graphics Arts Collection. See you next time!