Commencement Countdown Now

Hey all!

These last few weeks have been crazy busy for me, so busy that I actually didn’t end up going home for break for even a day. With that in mind, that’s what this blog post will be all about! Where I’ve been the last month!

I was able to stay with my girlfriend for the first week of the break at her home, which was really nice after not seeing her for a few months. Christmas with her family was great, but then a few blinks later, it was time to go…next stop, Florida!

My girlfriend and I flew into Florida to join my family for a trip to Disney. However the process of getting there was…interesting. What should’ve been a 6 hour travel trip, turned into a day and a half hassle. Our first flight was delayed due to a company mistake, and the second was delayed due to weather. On top of that our luggage was delayed. Imagine that, wearing Rochester clothes in Orlando, Florida. Imagine walking in 80 degree weather.

Other than that, Disney was fantastic! It was the most crowded I have ever seen. Some lines took over an hour and a half to get through. The fast passes were definitely needed and our hotel room was amazing. The highlight of the trip had to be the New Year’s celebration. IT WAS AWESOME! And just like that, a few blinks and it was time to go. Next stop, Japan to study abroad!

Now, this was a great part of my vacation. I was able to study abroad with students from NTID in Japan. We visited different cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Tsukuba. To say we ate a lot would be an understatement. It tasted so good, and was fairly cheap, too. We visited different markets, shopping centers, and shrines all over Japan. The highlight of my trip would have to be meeting all my new Japanese deaf friends and having the opportunity to learn their sign language. I cannot wait until I go back. Oh, and I almost forgot, one of my Japanese deaf friends will be visiting in May!

Until next time!

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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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