The Beginning to the End…My Senior Year!

Hello again!

Let’s just say it has been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened. I don’t even know where to start! I was bouncing all over the east coast towards the end of summer and then before I knew it, it’s week four of my last fall semester at RIT.

I’ll start with my summer. While at first I got to relax and work for the first few weeks, my summer quickly became quite hectic. My most favorite part of the summer would have to be working at Camp Mark 7 as a KODA (kids of deaf adults) program counselor. Those of you who have read my blogs over the past few years know that last summer was my first time going to CM7 as a counselor, and while that was great, this summer was even more amazing. I got to meet and hang out with over 150 KODAS, lead and be a part of amazing activities, host bonfires, and even go to a water park in the Adirondacks. There are a ton of pictures online from our adventures and it’s always great to look back at the pictures and videos about halfway through the year to get that reminder that KODA Camp is just a few short months away!

As soon as camp was over, I got to hang out at the Outer Banks for a week. It was a great way to recharge my batteries after camp. Let me tell you, it is tiring supervising kids for a few weeks! But before I knew it, that week was over and I was home for maybe a few hours before I got onto a train to come back to New York to hang out with my girlfriend before classes started. We even took a two-day trip out to NYC for a job interview and got to see the city. Even though I had been to NYC a few times, I almost forgot how hectic it can be at all hours of the day.

Then bam! Classes were two weeks away and I started RA training. Then another bam, and classes had started. Honestly, I love every single class that I’m taking now and I have a good balance. Some classes are more for fun like bookbinding, while others focus on learning more about my field. I would have to say though bookbinding is probably my favorite. While not the most popular class, and most people don’t even understand what it is, it’s pretty simple…we just make books.

I’m excited to be back on campus for my final year here at RIT. It is bittersweet though. To know that in just a few months I’ll have my diploma and then be off to the real world will be tough because I know I am leaving such a great place behind. You’ll just have to stay tuned!

Oh, and my next blog topic is, “My future study abroad trip to Japan!”

Michael

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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