April Stress Brings May Success!

It’s already well into April and we’ve had the normal April showers but today was a little bit different! With a high around 77 degrees, students took advantage and spent as much time as they could outdoors. Sitting in the grass, soaking up the sun, chatting with friends, grabbing an iced coffee, it’s safe to say spring will be here to stay!

April also means its getting closer to the end of the semester which brings added stress to our student body, myself included. I’ve been accepted to Canisius College for their Graduate program in Higher Education Student Administration and I’m currently finishing up interviews for Graduate Assistantship positions. Now comes the waiting game! More added stress for me! I’m also currently in the midst of my Capstone project which is essentially a final project before I graduate. Hopefully all this stress now will soothe when I’m handed my diploma!

Humans Vs Zombies has also started up again which is a competition where one person starts off as a Zombie and tries to infect other Humans. Students are prepared with their orange and blue nerf guns and green badanas, watching the humans try to make their way to classes while constantly moving their heads like chickens gives me a chuckle.

Hope you had fun catching up on the happening on our campus!

Honors Trip Update

Hello Everyone, it’s been awhile since my last posting, so sorry about that! It’s been a busy last few weeks, and I just wanted to give everyone an update to what I’ve been up to.

Last weekend I was in Boston on an honors trip with the interpreting program, visiting Northeastern University for their 20th annual ASL Festival and workshop weekend. The festival was so amazing, I had the opportunity to see so many different ASL performances! I was able to see Patrick Graybill, MJ Bienvenu and the hilarious Rosa Lee perform live among other amazing actors and actresses.

After the festival on Friday, it was time to get to work at the semantics workshop hosted by Dennis Cokely and Patrick Graybill. We learned about the meaning of words and I got a better grasp on how to become a successful interpreter.

We also stayed in the Boston Plaza Hotel, where I had my own room, and tried a few authentic Boston restaurants and eateries while we were in the area between all the festivities.

Nap in my room or somewhere on campus? Hmmm…

Hi everyone!!

What a week! We all just finished week 10/15 and it has been crazy and not to mention tiring! Guess I could use a nap… Not sure if you all have seen it yet but RIT students developed a map for places to sleep here on campus & I’m not surprised at all. A couple of these spots are legit… I can confirm. Here’s the site if you want to take a look at it! https://naps.rit.edu/

This week I had my poster presentation for my research for my Issues in Interpreting project. Take a look! (Ignore my bitmoji which pretty accurately describes how I felt about it that day).

It’s been a really cool experience working on research in the program! Next part is to write the paper…

Catch up with you all soon!!

-Brianna

Campus tours

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys are doing great! I have been busy lately because of school work, clubs, organizations, life, and so on. As you know, I am an NTID ambassador, doing the blog and also giving campus tours to students and families. I have great experiences giving the campus tour!

I’ve noticed that some families and students are hesitant to ask questions on campus tours. I always tell them that they can ask me questions about school, life, clubs, or anything else. I am more willing to answer because groups tend to be pretty quiet. Last week, I gave a campus tour to this boy’s family. We will call him N. N is planning to come to RIT/NTID in fall. I am sure RIT/NTID is more than happy to have him. N was very excited to come here because he did EYF camp last summer. His family was very excited as well. They didn’t ask a lot of questions, but they but they were really happy and laughing throughout the tour, unlike some families, who are a little more serious. N and his family were very amusing to watch. I noticed that N’s family was encouraging him to ask questions instead of doing it themselves. I liked how they wanted him to learn by himself and ask me the questions directly. Usually, parents tend to ask instead of students.

Taking a campus tour has a lot of benefits, especially if you wind up being a student at RIT/NTID. You’ll be more aware of what RIT/NTID has to offer you. Get to know ambassadors like me as well, because most likely they will still be around on campus when you arrive as a student. Taking a tour helps you understand the layout of the campus, find out about things like Tiger Apps for safety, see where all the buildings (liberal arts, college of science, and etc) are, learn about the library, and so on.

Today, I have two campus tours scheduled and I think it will be extra interesting – one group is from Ukraine!

Have a nice day!

Starting the second half strong!

Happy Week 8!

Today begins the second half of the semester! We all just got back from spring break- some of us got away from the northeast and headed south to the warmth while others stayed up here with the blizzard! This spring break I headed to Boston with all of my CODA (children of deaf adults) friends from Camp Mark Seven (not a very warm Spring Break destination fyi). There we got to explore the town and we also made a stop to Martha’s Vineyard (pro tip…go there when its not 20 degrees out…). If you don’t know the history of the island I would strongly recommend looking into it! After all, it is one of the contributing factors to ASL here in America! Check out my picture off of the coast of the island below!

For the rest of the semester I am focusing on my Issues in Interpreting capstone paper and research. It’s been a long process, but I got the O.K. to do official research and experiments with my topi,c so I am looking forward to doing that! More to come on that!

My goal for the rest of the semester is to swim more often here on campus and take advantage of our hot tub and sauna! Guess I’m really just looking forward to summer 🙂

Catch you all later!

Timewise

One of the most powerful dimensions in the universe is time. I have met this dimension and I live with it. I am always thinking about it and I know I will in the future also. Time management is a necessary survival skill in college. But beware because in college, time conspires to take away your leisure or make it feel more like a chore with personal errands that you need to do or perhaps meals you need to prepare. Then there are meetings and activities and pretty soon, my friend, there is no free time.

The true job of time is to push students like me to the limit. In order to exceed my limit, and that’s what professors seem to want since everything they want has a due date, I have this mental race against time. The assignment has to be done well and within their time allotment, then they decide whether my work meets their expectations.

Sometimes I wish time would slow down, but I can’t command it to slow down while I nap on the bed. It moves forward, relentlessly. I am getting older—I need to spend time on fitness and wellness and now I must adapt my goals to the amount of time I have. You can plan everything out with time but a last minute schedule change can screw up your schedule badly. For example, I went to a movie with my friends and forgot to study Portuguese the day before the exam, and time, or lack of time, helped me fail the exam. Lesson learned.

Independent media released a video clip about time management at colleges/universities. In the video clip, researchers considered students who frequently arrive at a class late would be successful people in the future. They have different factors other than just GPA that contribute to the successful completion of their goals. So, while time management is important, time isn’t the only thing that defines you as a person. My tip for you at a college environment? Stay one step ahead of time.

 

 

Spring break is near

Hello everybody!

I hope school is going great for all of you. It is going well for me.

Sorry I missed doing a blog last week. I had a busy week of exams and lots of homework. I also sit on e-boards for two different clubs, and that has been a lot of work lately. But here I am!

Spring break is near! Thank god for spring break, because I am sure everybody is looking forward to a break from school. I am going to the Dominican Republic for spring break with my friends and partner. In the past I have forgotten to pack things I need, so here is my advice for those who are traveling:

1) write down the things that you need to pack.

2) pack in advance.

3) ask yourself if you need to buy anything.

4) talk to your friends and see if anything is missing.

5) check off the things that are already packed.

6) most important thing is to HAVE FUN AND TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES!

Study hard! Spring break is near!

And the countdown begins

What am I counting down to? spring break & summer! There are 11 days until spring break and 82 days until summer and when I leave for my trip to Italy! This semester has gone by really fast and has definitely kept me busy!

The past couple of days in Rochester weather has been crazy, so it has been nice to get outside and spend some time in the sun especially after the long winter months. I recently went to Toronto, Canada to visit one of my friends from KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) Camp at Camp Mark Seven. While in town, I got to eat some delicious food (pictured below). While in town, of course, I got some poutine and I also got a Chimney Cone (“Doughnut Cone”) with ice cream in it. It was heavenly! I probably gained a couple of pounds on my trip to Toronto for the weekend, but I guess that is what the gym is for;)

Recently I also screened at a local interpreting agency and I am now an official freelance interpreter! I am looking forward to picking up some assignments off campus within Rochester. It is nice to think about how much I have grown within the program and I am curious to see where I end up post-graduation!!

Now back to getting some homework done! My ultimate advice as a student…get a passport and head to Canada for some great food!! Throughout the year RIT even has a fair that allows students to apply for passports!

Catch ya later!

FreezeFest recap

Hello everyone!

Last weekend was the RIT annual FreezeFest event! All over campus there are games, shows, and a 5K fun run throughout the weekend. This year I went to the comedy show hosted by the College Activities Board (CAB). This year RIT hosted the comedian and actor in Silicon Valley and Deadpool, TJ Miller. I had a great time during the show and had memories of the comedians I went to see last year during FreezeFest.

Miller made the whole crowd laugh with jokes about the social aspect of college life and the reality of what happens after college. He even talked to us about existential crises and how to become more o.k. with death all while juggling! It was definitely a unique form of comedy that I haven’t seen before live or through websites that have comedy specials available to stream.

The show was how I celebrated FreezeFest, but many others participated in the 5K fun run event and the games that we had on campus with prizes available to win! Every year we also have a live ice sculpture outside on campus that is put on display for the whole weekend! This year in Rochester it’s been getting warmer faster, so I was concerned for our frozen RITchie, but he made it through the weekend:)

FreezeFest is always a great time, and I’m excited for SpringFest later in the semester when the weather warms up. There’s something for everybody during our yearly celebrations! What would you participate in?

Week 4 already?

Hi everyone! It’s week 4 and the semester is in full swing. It’s amazing how time flies for us busy college students. As my time at RIT draws to a close, I think back on my almost 4 years here with a lot of nostalgia, while simultaneously looking forward to graduate school with a lot of excitement. I just found out last week that I was accepted into Northeastern University to pursue a master of science in global studies and international relations. I’m happy to have the political science foundation that I have received here at RIT. It’ll be a good bedrock of information and knowledge going into my future program.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RIT thus far and aim to make the most of my final semester. Whether it’s in class, or at lunch with my friends, I’m happy with how this semester is unfolding. I’m looking forward to April, when RIT hosts several Open Houses for prospective students. I greatly enjoy talking with people and am excited to show people who were in my position 4 years ago why RIT is such a great place.

Some words of advice for prospective students: come visit RIT with an open mind. When I first came to visit, I liked it, but I didn’t love it the way I do now. I saw the potential that RIT had to offer however, and decided to make that leap and come here. Now that I’m here and have been here for almost 4 years, I wouldn’t change a thing. The RIT community is a warm and welcoming one to all people. I was also struck by the way professors paid attention to us–I had this image of professors being aloof or holier-than-thou, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a lot of misconceptions about college, and RIT shattered all of them for me. One final note: college is said to be some of the best years of your life–and that has certainly been the case for me.