Since the last time I talked to you a lot has changed here at RIT. It has started getting colder and we’ve even had our first “snowfall.” While it was simply just slushy rain, it is an indication of what is to come. Myself personally, I’ve been focused on observations as part of my class work. I’ve been able to go in different classrooms to watch skilled interpreters do what they know best, and I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been exposed to different content areas such as, computer science, engineering and fine arts. Not only do I get exposed to new content, I also learn about that interpreter’s style. Observations are very important for students in the interpreting field to get their foot in the door. While you’re not standing or sitting and interpreting, you’re still attentive. I’m thinking, “How would I sign that?” or “What would I do in that scenario?” While I’ve picked up some new signs and knowledge about different majors here at RIT, I’ve also learned more about interpreting other than new signs. What I’ve learned is eye contact, where I should stand in a classroom, as well as how to represent interpreters as professionals. These topics are just as important in your language skills as an interpreter, but can be easily learned from observations. Another perk to the observations is I am able to network. That way if I come across a scenario I don’t know how to handle, then I have resources to help find a solution.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend what is called the ASL lecture series, hosted at RIT, where I have watched Jordaan Braam, a deaf animator from South Africa, who has won international awards for his work. If you have any inclination to learn about animation, go ahead and just google “Jordaan Braam” and explore. The ASL lecture series is also planning to host a few events that are very interesting. Two speakers of those include Patti Ladd and Andrew Solomon. So, I’ll most likely talk about those in my next posting.
Now, onto Open House. This last Saturday we hosted a huge Open House with dozens of potential students visiting RIT/NTID. Some of those students who came to the Open House were interested in the interpreting major. It was a long day for the ambassadors, as we were busy giving tours, attending student panels, and registering prospective students. While long, the day is worth it. To see prospective students’ initial reaction to college is fun and to be their guide through the process of selecting and going into college is worthwhile.
Until next time,