Hannah Worek

It’s no surprise that Hannah Worek’s family suggested she attend RIT. The Rochester, N.Y., native is the 13th member of her family to enroll, and she feels it was the right choice.

“I took the advice of friends and family, but followed my instincts,” says the 17-year- old Criminal Justice major. “Even though I’m only a freshman, I can definitely see that RIT is already preparing me to work.”

Among her favorite classes is Brave New Past, an honors course about the history of Rochester. Worek, who graduated from nationally ranked Brighton High School in Rochester at age 16, has been named to RIT’s College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List.

“My primary motivation is to make my parents proud,” she says. “I also want to do well since I plan to go to law school and eventually become a trial lawyer. I want to work for a civil rights or deaf advocacy agency. I would like to co-op in either a police department or law office.”
Worek also has found a new passion at RIT/NTID—theater.

“I never was interested in high school theater productions because all the shows were musicals, and I don’t sing,” she explains. “But my roommate encouraged me to try out. I went to the audition, and landed a role.”

Since then, she has been assistant stage manager and stage manager for other RIT/NTID productions.

“It’s definitely a lot of work and responsibility, but I enjoy it tremendously,” she says.

In addition to theater, Worek has been on RIT/NTID’s Deaf Basketball Association team, and was on the dodge ball and the flag football teams at the Rockfest competition against Gallaudet. She also has been practicing with RIT/NTID’s College Bowl team, and will compete at the National Association of the Deaf convention.

Worek has some advice of her own to share with students making their college choice.

“If you want a college with a great reputation that will train you for the workforce, then RIT is the place for you,” she says.

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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