Graduation: A successful, yet bittersweet end of a beginning…

Hey all,

As I traveled in the last month, to my sister’s college graduation two weeks ago and listened to her commencement speakers, I listened to what they were discussing and talking about fear. The fear of unknown, not knowing what is going to happen, and yet there should be some fear to drive us to be successful. As I was listening to that, I reflect upon my last five years here at RIT from when I came as a freshman and to where I am now. Even the changes that have occurred to me in the last year, was something I was not expecting to happen, especially traveling throughout the year competing in various competitions and attending conferences. As I look back last night upon my senior year, I ask myself where did the time go? All I could think of was the fun times that I had! With focusing on my academic classes, I participated in clubs, and competitions, practices, giving tours, and hanging out with friends, I look back and am thankful that I had fun and enjoy these moments that I had especially meeting new people and helping being a part of NTID.

As my friends and graduates that I know who will be leaving and starting their own journey,  the interaction and friendships and the stories we all had will be missed. However, I recently came across a quote that I saw and felt this fits perfectly.

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” -Winston S. Churchill

Our times here at RIT/NTID is the stepping stone and the beginning of getting our dream careers. The goal of obtaining our dream job will never cease, it will never end, however, there has to be an end to the beginning. College is a perfect fit to that quote. It plays the role of advancing and preparing us to be successful. After college, we can still maintain friendships, meet up from time to time, and always come back to visit our alumnus.

The memories and friendships that I have made here reaffirmed my decision to attend RIT/NTID. I cannot think where else you will find a diverse campus with multiple cultures and communication situations that present itself on campus that teach you how to be successful for the real world and to be able to handle any challenges that may be thrown your way!

I am going to leave with two quotes by Dr. Seuss and Tom Petty that best represents my thoughts on my friends and faculty that I know here. This has been true as I traveled and run into alumni and friends that I was not expecting to encounter! I apologize I don’t have pictures yet, my camera is broken so all the pictures are through my parents and friends who have them.

“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again” – Tom Petty

And last but not least;  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

About Stephen

Name: Stephen Sweet

Major: Civil Engineering Technology

Hometown: Adrian, Mich.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because of the large hard-of-hearing and deaf population. RIT's strong accreditation program for my major was another factor why I chose to come to RIT.

Clubs/Activities: Cued Speech Club, RIT American Society of Civil Engineers, RIT Cost Estimating Team, RIT Rock Climbing Club and RIT Country Line Dancing Club.

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, riding motorcycles, fixing cars/vehicles, working out, hanging out with friends. Anything that keeps me busy!

What I like Best About RIT: The best part of RIT is the ability to interact with deaf and hard-of-hearing people as well as hearing people all on one campus. The opportunities I get at RIT as a result of these interactions are second to none.

Favorite T.V. Show: “Hawaii Five-0,” “Person of Interest” and “Big Bang Theory.”

Fun Fact About Me: I competed in a Tough Mudder obstacle course event in Ohio this past spring.

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