Alyssa Miller

Take a love for writing and graphic design and an obsession with typography, add a growing respect for how software engineering can complement that, and you have Alyssa Miller, a fourth-year Graphic Design major with a passion for art and technology.

Miller, 22, from New City, New York, contemplated going to art school after graduation, but soon realized she wanted a college with more diversity, in both majors and in fellow students.

“I loved the idea of meeting other deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and I realized that at RIT/NTID I could do that, and I could pursue my creative writing and any other liberal arts subjects that I was interested in,” Miller says. “I also was impressed by the offerings in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.”

Miller has taken advantage of some of those offerings and says, “I love the CIAS academic support staff who are mentors, tutors and advisors. They have been here for me every step of the way.”

One of Miller’s favorite accomplishments is being in the Honors Program, in part because she enjoys the opportunities it has created — a leadership trip to New Orleans and travel to Washington, D.C., and locations in New York State. And, she recently received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award.

During an internship last summer at RLA Creative in Englewood, New Jersey, doing print design and creating marketing materials, Miller gained important experience and learned about the world of work.

“My goal is to become a user-experience designer at a tech company,” she says. “I have a passion for being in a mixed creative environment, and I can thank RIT for my constant curiosity about the engineering sides of projects.”

Miller’s creative pursuits continue in her spare time with writing short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry; baking and cooking; painting; and photography.

“RIT/NTID is challenging” says Miller. “It’s a lot of work and can be stressful at times, but it’s worth it.”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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