Graham Forsey

Graham Forsey believes in being busy. He also believes in taking advantage of opportunities.

A fourth-year student from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Forsey participates in a wide array of extracurricular activities. He is a business manager for an innovation project that a team of Industrial Design students are working on and is the financial director for the NTID Student Congress as well as for the Global Union, the largest multicultural student organization on campus. He’s a tutor for accounting, math, statistics and physics; a student justice on RIT’s Institute Appeals Board; and chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee for his fraternity. And when RIT’s Saunders College of Business arranged a trip to Dubai as part of its honors program, Forsey was one of the students to go. In addition, he’s won several awards for academic excellence and leadership and maintains a 4.0 grade-point average.

The many opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to shine in academics and in extracurricular activities are what made RIT Forsey’s choice for college. The 20-year-old started his college career at RIT as an Accounting major in Saunders College of Business, but wanted to add technology because that’s where he sees the world going, so he switched majors to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems.

“Essentially I work with computer information systems and databases, including systems analysis and being a liaison between business users and software developers,” he says. “MIS gives me a wide range of options, and I can choose how technical I want my job to be.”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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