Rockfest Tryouts

Hey everyone,

So just an update about the last few weeks in my life. Classes are going great, as I mentioned in my previous posts, the professors I have now, have given me great feedback and I feel that I am learning and growing as an interpreter. One thing that I tried this semester that has been successful for me are my class times. I quickly learned that I am not a morning person sadly and the 8 a.m. classes I had before were not the easiest to get out of bed for. So when choosing my classes for this semester, I didn’t schedule a class before 11 a.m. While I would much rather sleep until 2 p.m. if I could, getting up for my class at 11 a.m. isn’t bad at all. So overall, classes are going great and the semester is flying by.

As some of you may know, I am an RA for one of the dorms here on campus, Ellingson in particular. And part of my responsibility is to plan programs for my residents and I to go to and hang out. One of the upcoming programs that I am a part of is called “Pancakes Sunday” where a group of RAs will come together and prepare traditional breakfast, as well as healthier food choices as well. A simple program that gives students a study break on their busy Sundays. Another program that my residents and I attend is “No Voice Zone”. No Voice Zone, aka NVZ, is a weekly meeting on Wednesday nights where you turn off your voice for an hour and just sign. Whether you are fluent in sign language or just know your alphabet, everyone there just wants to learn something new. Each week has a certain theme, some of the more recent themes being Valentines Day, countries, and even dream jobs.

Lastly, an event called Rockfest is coming up soon. Rockfest is an week-long event where Gallaudet and NTID go head to head in different competitions, with the final goal of accumulating enough points to take the title. When the event is hosted on Gallaudet campus, its called Rockfest. And when it is hosted on RIT campus, its called Brickfest. Last year I was able to compete with the NTID soccer team and win our event of a 7 on 7 game. Recently the tryouts for this year’s soccer team just finished, and I will have the opportunity to play for the NTID soccer team again in an attempt to win again this year.

While it has been busy this year, I wouldn’t have it any other way.


And here’s yet another America themed picture. Last semester I hosted an event to paint the door on our floor and of course this is what I chose.

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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