So far this week has been crazy and it is only Tuesday! I have job applications, group projects, tests, and homework piling up, but with all of that said I am actually really enjoying this semester so far. One of my favorite classes that I am taking right now is preparing me for my study abroad experience in Italy this summer! I’m going on the trip with NTID and get to explore several cities throughout Italy like Rome, Verona, the Vatican City, Venice and more! During our trip we not only get to sightsee, but also get to meet individuals from their Deaf community. We are going to visit several deaf schools and even meet some deaf business owners. I’m counting down the days to this trip (and the food)!

In class we focus on writing & reading Italian and learning Italian Sign Language. Learning some Italian Sign Language has probably my favorite part so far. I love learning different sign languages like over the summer I got to learn some Haitian Sign Language during my trip to Haiti. In class we also focus on learning more about their culture, history, and day-to-day lifestyles. This is all to prepare us as much as possible upon arrival. Can’t wait to share more information about my trip! 

Guess I should get back to doing some homework and my group project on the Colosseum… Check out my study spot for today at the library!

About Brianna

Major: American Sign Language-English Interpretation Hometown: Frederick, Maryland Why I chose RIT: I chose RIT because it provides me with everything I need and it matches my identity. As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), I fit in with both the deaf and hearing communities; RIT is the best of both worlds. Clubs/Activities: Student Interpreter at the Department of Access Services & Senior Resident Advisor in the Residence Halls Hobbies/Interests: I love to stay active by biking, swimming, hiking and playing soccer. What I like best about RIT: I love that there is always something to do and people to meet. No day is ever the same! Favorite T.V. Shows: “Grey's Anatomy” Fun fact about me: I'm a CODA.

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