What a Busy Week!

Hello everyone!

A little bit about myself: my name is Caroline McGowan and I am a third-year ASL–English Interpreting major. I am from East Hampton, New York (the very eastern part of Long Island).

How did I get interested in interpreting you might ask? I took ASL in high school as a language requirement and my teacher was an interpreter before she became a teacher. She thought I would become a good interpreter, so she recommended it to me. I did my research, and found out about NTID. I visited twice, applied early admission, and here I am!

I am a student ambassador, so I give tours, but I also work in the admissions office. I am the student assistant to Erin Kane, who is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Visitation. I am also the individual visit coordinator. So, when you decide to visit for an individual visit, I am the one who schedules your agenda for the day 🙂

This past week has been really busy for me, studying for midterms and doing projects. In my interpreting class, we had our first live interpretation! It was nerve-racking but I think I did a good job! The set up was fairly simple: there was 3 chairs, 1 for me, 1 for the Deaf person, and 1 for the hearing person. It was sort of interview style, asking where he lives, what is his family like, his job, etc. It is so odd, our teachers kept telling us that one day we will be interpreting, and that day finally came! It gave me confidence that I can do it, and made me even more excited about my profession!

Well, I’ve got more studying to do! I’ll blog again soon!

About Caroline

Major: American Sign Language—English Interpretation

Hometown: East Hampton, N.Y.

Why I Chose RIT: I chose RIT because the ASL—English Interpretation program is incredible and I loved the idea of continuously improving my ASL skills because there are more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus!

Clubs/Activities: School and my job in the NTID Admissions Office doesn’t leave much free time, but I am involved in the Student Interpreting Association and a student member of GVRRID (Genesee Valley Region Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling around the world—I have been to 12 countries, and I hope to check some more off my list soon! I also love to bike, swim and when I am home, paddle board every day!

What I Like Best About RIT: I love the strong sense of community here at RIT. With 15,000 undergrads at RIT, along with 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, it is large enough to have a variety of backgrounds, interests and opinions, but small enough to be able to spot a few familiar faces when you’re walking down the quarter mile. I also love that there are so many deaf and hard-of-hearing people on campus, so I can continuously use ASL and hone my skills. And best of all, my professors are amazing! They are willing to help me with anything I need, and that is really important to me. RIT is a very supportive environment and I love it!

Favorite T.V. Show: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Fun Fact About Me: This summer I went to Italy for a study abroad program. It was one of the most amazing experiences and I can’t wait to go back!

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