Bring it on, 2013-2014!

Well, I had one heck of a summer. Going from studying abroad in Croatia, backpacking in Europe for 6 weeks, and then coming back home with only one week off (well, merely, considering that it was the 4th of July weekend) and then doing my internship in Chicago at Mount Sinai Hospital, to just moving in for the very last time at RIT. I cannot believe that it is my 4th year already and the fact that I am nearly at the end of my college chapter, excites and frightens me.

I have been faced with a lot of new changes at once, such as immersing myself within another culture, learning their ways, gaining new friends, losing some, working for the first time in the real world, faced some challenges, I learned how to communicate with my clients and patients with their limited language ability, and of course, RIT’s semester conversion.

A lot of people were, or are still not happy that RIT went from quarters to semesters, but so far, I like it. This is because I start school on the same day as most college students do. I have days off (we never ever had days off, not even Columbus Day), classes are prolonged which could be a bad thing or a good thing, depending on how you want to look at it. I like to tell myself that it’s a good thing because I have more time to learn and more time to do my homework. There are no hurries and that’s something very new at RIT considering that we like to be FAST PACED. Did I say fast-paced? I mean, very fast-paced. And of course, how can I forget, the 5-week winter break and spring break will finally be at the same time as other college students! Spring break used to be very early; we’d have off in February. Freakin’ February, while most college students have their spring breaks during March. Even high schoolers. I’d say everybody else did but those who are on a quarter system.

Being that this is my last year, I am going to take advantage of my 5-week winter break by going to South America for a month after Christmas. I hope to snowboard before Christmas but we’ll see if I’ll be able to do both. I believe that all we have is now, and if I can take the opportunity to do something I desire, such as traveling, then grab it now because, if not now, then when?

That’s all for now!

Polvere out

About Marissa

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Why I chose RIT: I chose RIT because of its excellent educational programs, the mix of deaf and hearing cultures on one campus, diversity of students from across the United States and other countries, and the amazing access services.   

Clubs/Activities: I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.

Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, traveling, being adventurous, reading and meeting people. 

What I like best about RIT: RIT is very deaf friendly, which I love and really appreciate. The fact that so many people here on campus know sign language makes me feel good because it makes communication easy.

Favorite T.V. Shows: “Modern Family” and “Friends.”

Fun fact about me: I'm ambidextrous. 

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