I am so so so so tired……

(With tired signing) I. am. exhausted.

Who else isn’t? I mean, this is part of college, right?!

I am so tired because I got home late last night coming from Buffalo (which is an hour away) as I stayed there for the weekend and I didn’t go to bed until around 11:45 pm and I had to get up to go to work this morning at 8:30 am.

But I am tired everyday. You go to class, then come home and do homework but then it can’t be “all work and no play”! So I tend to meet up with friends and chat or go to events like the NTID Student Assembly (NSA) on Tuesday evenings. NSA is when all of the deaf/hard of hearing (hoh) and hearing (for those who are involved with the deaf/hoh community) clubs and organizations meet to make announcements/reports, and discuss issues of concerns within the community. In addition, the community outside of the organization can voice their own concerns as well.

Another event is called No Voice Zone (NVZ) on Wednesday evenings. NVZ is a place where deaf, hoh and hearing students can learn sign language without using their voice for one hour. There are student volunteers who are the teachers and they teach the signs that are given each week based on a topic. Those who want to learn can go to NVZ and join a group that fits their skills. The first group is Yellow which means you know no sign at all. Orange is where you know the ABC’s 123’s and your name. Red is similar to Orange but you know the signs of your major or where you live (dorm, apt, off campus, Buffalo, NJ, etc) and Blue is where you are very skilled and you know ASL (mostly it’s all deaf, hoh and hearing students who are majoring in Interpreting) but we are open to people who know ASL and not deaf/hoh or majoring in Interpreting. At one week, we had over 500 students participate. That’s a LOT of students!

Picture: Me teaching the yellow group the sign of loud. (That week topic was music so I was teaching them signs such as loud, quiet, noise, music, concert, etc).

So, I would call myself a Busy Bee because I am everywhere. I love to interact with people but I do have to make sure I do my homework! After all, education comes first! But I never not go a week without socializing. It’s who I am!

And now, I am still exhausted. I am ready for a nap. In college, naps are everyone’s favorite only because we love sleeping.

I am now off to go back to work in the Admissions Office doing my job as a Tour Guide Coordinator, scheduling tours for finals week – we’re only six weeks away!

Until next time!




About Stephanie

Major: International Hospitality and Service Management

Hometown: Jackson, N.J.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT for a few reasons. One reason is because of the outstanding access services. RIT has more than 100 interpreters on campus that are available for classes, events and meetings for clubs and organizations. Another reason is that I am a big hockey fan and both RIT men’s and women's hockey teams are Division I. I bleed orange and brown (RIT’s school colors)! Also, the RIT community is amazing. We get so much support from everyone, and I like that the campus is diverse.

Clubs/Activities: I am involved with DBA (Deaf Basketball Association), and assistant chairperson of Brickfest, a traditional sports competition weekend among deaf students.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy dancing, listening to music, reading, shopping, learning, watching movies and hanging out with my friends.

What I Like Best About RIT: What I like best about RIT is the outstanding diversity we have on campus. I am able to fit in both the deaf and hearing worlds because I come from a hearing family. I like the fact that I am able use both languages that I was taught growing up—English and American Sign Language.

Favorite T.V. Show: I don't have one, but I enjoy watching T.V. shows on the TLC channel.

Fun fact about me: I've been to more Caribbean islands than individual states in the U.S., because I’ve taken nine cruises.

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