The Shock From Florida to Rochester

Hello Everybody!

It’s time for school once again after a nice five-week long break. Let me tell you a little bit about my winter break. I was home for only 10 days and left to join the RIT Swimming and Diving team on the bus two days after Christmas! I know it’s crazy, right? At first I was very uncertain about leaving home so early and going to Florida with the team, but I can say I’m glad I went. I had a blast with two practices a day outside in the beautiful sun and diving into a warm pool. The pool was so large that there was one 50-yard-length pool and another 25-yard-length pool with a diving board well attached on the side, and a dryland center for diving with a dry board, foam pit, and a trampoline. You get the picture.

After the week-long training trip, my team got back on the bus for a 24-hour ride on the way back to Rochester. The temperature dropped quickly…good thing I had a blanket when I slept. A lot of the swimmers/divers slept on the floor in the aisle or under the seats! We finished the season strong with few more meets and school started! We’re training for the states, regionals, and national championship from now on until March.

I can say it has been a good break, and I am now back at RIT taking tough classes with a tough and mind-boggling schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Looking forward to having the sun come back out and warm up our Rochester homes. I miss the sun and the warmth. See how beautiful the sunset was during an afternoon practice with my teammate twisting in the air!

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About Natalie

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Rockville, Md.

Why I Chose RIT: Before discovering what RIT has to offer academically and socially, I had a great experience meeting some of my great friends from Explore Your Future (EYF) 2011. I met numerous people who are just like me and I loved the campus right from the beginning. The interpreting, C-print and notetaking services are beyond my wildest dreams at RIT, providing everything you need for success.

Clubs/Activities: I am a diver on the RIT Swimming and Diving team and an NLC math and physics tutor. I also am a part of the Rock Climbing club and Premedical Student Association. There are still many more activities that I want to explore!

Hobbies/Interests: Besides diving, I enjoy swimming, playing ball, biking, skiing, painting and traveling. In other words, being outside on a sunny day!

What I Like Best About RIT: This place has everything you could possibly dream of, both on and off campus. You can get the rural, suburban and urban feeling within a 15-minute radius of RIT. RIT provides amazing concerts, many club sports/varsity teams, hundreds of clubs, off-campus events and every kind of support you could think of. I fell in love with my major because the professors are so engaged, knowledgeable and have a great desire to help and get to know their students. My general chemistry professor taught more than 200 students in a lecture, and he still remembers me two years later! The campus has much more to offer than I originally thought as a newbie.

Favorite T.V. Show: I enjoy watching “How I Met Your Mother,” “Full House,” “Boy Meets World” and “MasterChef.”

Fun fact about me: I did a handstand somersault off of a 10-meter platform during my training for national diving competitions in high school.

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