Black Friday

Hey all again!

Week 13 is done, and Thanksgiving is around the corner. Luckily for me, I will be going home to Maryland for the break. I’m looking forward to going home, so that I can just relax, see my family as well as work on Black Friday. Black Friday is something else. It is absolute chaos. If you haven’t worked, or shopped on Black Friday, it’s definitely an experience to have. While I’m looking forward to seeing my old co-workers, I am even more excited to see my family. It has been a while since I’ve seen my whole family together as well as my dogs. That is one thing I miss on campus, my dogs. However, the wellness center on campus hosts an event called “Bow Wow Wellness.” The center brings in a dozen dogs for students to come and pet and just play with dogs. These events are some of the most popular on campus! But there is nothing like seeing your own dogs, so that will be great.

The last few weeks have been great here at RIT. I was able to catch up, and even get ahead in some of my classes. One responsibility I have for my major, American Sign Language–English Interpretation (ASLIE), is to observe professional interpreters working. Over this last year, I have been to dozens of observations and seen very talented interpreters in a variety of disciplines. One type of interpreting has really caught my eye, high visibility. I may have mentioned this in previous blog posts, but I am always learning more and more from each observation. I was able to recently observe an interpreter for a specific presentation held on campus in Panara Theatre. The speaker was Andrew Solomon and was entertaining as well as beneficial for me as the interpreters did a great job.

Looking back, the last year in the ASLIE program has been busy and challenging. With that being said, I have learned a lot about myself as an interpreter, as well as what I want to be as an interpreter, skill wise. Despite being in the last year of the ASLIE program, I will be here next year as well. So next year, I will be taking some general electives, courses for my minor (Deaf Cultural Studies), and a few free electives. So for general electives, I am looking to take some math and history classes, but my free electives are the truly fun ones. I may end up taking some of the ASLIE professional electives (such as Educational Interpreting, Community Interpreting and Medical Interpreting), but there is one class in particular that I definitely will take, Furniture Design! Other than that, the year should be easier than this year, but it won’t be a cake walk.


Michael Conrad

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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