Ebony Williams

When Ebony Williams was a young student, her mother told her, “If you fail once, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Try again.”

These are words that Williams, 22, keeps in the back of her mind at all times.

She credits her parents and her sister, in particular, with her decision to attend college.

“My sister majored in literature and is very bright, and she has been my role model when it comes to working hard and doing your best,” says Williams, who is eagerly anticipating the birth of her first nephew at the end of the year.

Williams says she chose RIT because of the great support services, the interaction she has with other deaf students and the ease of communication.

Williams enjoys the challenges she encounters as an Art & Computer Design major.

“My teachers can be critical of my work sometimes, but I realize that their critiques help me improve my graphics and make me a better designer.”

In addition to her job as an assistant in the Art & Computer Design lab, Williams also is a member of the NTID Drama Club. Drawing, painting, playing basketball, exercising and socializing with friends are her favorite pastimes.

And Williams is busy planning for her future.

“After I earn my AAS degree, I plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in New Media Design here at RIT,” she says.

Another of her goals is to teach art to high school or college students, as she loves to interact with students and inspire them with new ideas and, perhaps, to pass along to them the advice her mother gave her that has served her well.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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