Christopher Caulfield

Christopher Caulfield

Another college recruited Christopher Caulfield to play Division I basketball, but a back injury during high school required him to shift his focus to academics instead of the sport he had played competitively for many years.

He chose RIT to pursue the web and mobile computing program, and to meet successful deaf role models that he never had encountered back home. “I am the only deaf person in my family and was the only deaf person in my school growing up, so meeting other people like me was an important factor in my decision to enroll at RIT,” says Caulfield, 20, a third-year student from Champaign, Illinois.

“Here, I’ve felt like I fit in since day one.” A recipient of the Dr. Frank W. Lovejoy Scholarship and NTID Presidential and Merit Scholarships, Caulfield is enjoying his college experience. He works as a research assistant in the RIT Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Lab and is a resident advisor and a student ambassador for the RIT Career Services and Cooperative Education Office.

He also is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the Deaf Basketball Association, Cru and the Catholic Campus Ministry and plays intramural soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Caulfield completed a cooperative work experience at Utica National Insurance Group last summer that provided valuable hands-on experience.

“I want to be successful, and the RIT/NTID community provides the resources and encouragement I need to help me on my way,” he says.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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