What a great start to senior year!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a restful and happy summer! I know I did…well I don’t know about restful as much as happy, but I had a busy (but GREAT) summer! I did so many amazing things…I had the opportunity to go back to Italy with my parents, I took classes in Washington D.C., went camping a lot, got an internship at an interpreting agency on Long Island…it was great!

I am happy to be back at RIT though, and the time is already flying. In your senior year in the interpreting program you are assigned a mentor, and I have the pleasure of doing my practicum (what we call an internship) at the Department of Access Services on campus. It is fabulous. I have the ability to observe my mentor in some great classes, and I even get to do some interpreting (with her support of course). I’ll talk more about that in future posts.

Right now I am focused on my school and trying to figure things out as a senior (it still feels weird calling myself that) after a very hectic summer. I just filled out my application for graduation…what a scary thought. Its funny, my parents keep asking me to find out the dates and details for graduation…when it’s like the last thing I want to think about. I can’t imagine leaving this place that I have called home for four years. Its crazy that I have entered my last year as an undergrad student in the ASLIE program.

Anyway, enough with the sad thoughts, I still have plenty to look forward to! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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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