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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.

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)

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