Hey everyone,

I can safely say that this semester has been flying by, and if it keeps up at this rate, it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas at that! As I mentioned last week, through classes and working as a student interpreter and as an RA on campus I’ve learned a lot. I’m gaining real-world experience as well as working with amazing teachers and interpreters to improve my own skills so that when I graduate, I feel ready to take my career to the next level. As part of my practicum as an interpreting student, I have the opportunity to observe other working interpreters on campus. With this, I get to see great interpreters at work as well as network and get to know more interpreters.

As part of Rochester Deaf Awareness week, NTID hosted an event related to Deaf-Blind awareness right on campus. And being a part of the Deaf-Blind professional elective in the major, I went to check it out. It was fascinating as I learned more about people who are Deaf-Blind and how interpreting is different based on the individual. It makes it easier as a student, when great events like these are hosted right on campus and are free, too!

These last two weeks also have been the start of the men’s club soccer season. Sadly, my team and I have started 0-2 with two tough losses. But our team this year is definitely talented and we are capable of winning the rest of our games. It’s great to be playing again because it allows me to escape work and classes and get some exercise, too. And on top of that, one of the players on the team introduced me to rock climbing at the Red Barn on campus. The Red Barn is a indoor climbing gym that has shoe rentals, bouldering, and of course, the rock wall.

I feel that while being on campus these last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many different things and grow as an individual.

Michael Conrad

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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