Latonya Moore

Second-year Applied Computer Technology (ACT) major, Latonya “Tiny” Moore, always knew that she wanted to continue her education after high school.

Moore, from Chicago, Ill., has five siblings, including a twin, and is the only deaf person in her family. As a junior at the Illinois School for the Deaf, Moore attended the RIT/NTID Explore Your Future summer program, and knew immediately after her camp experience that RIT was her college choice.

As the first person in her family to attend college, Moore, 21, says coming to RIT has been one of the best decisions she’s made.

“RIT offered my major, had a nice campus and provided great access services,” she says. “I knew it would present me with many new opportunities.”

Moore realized early on that she wanted to study Web development and design. “I took an HTML coding class in high school and loved it,” she says. “My high school teacher also encouraged me to pursue this major because I had talent in it.”

Her teacher was right. Moore has won an award for being one of the top students in the ACT program, and she has made Dean’s List several times.

A self-described fun person to be around who cares deeply about her family, Moore works as hard outside the classroom as she does in it.

“I am learning so much here at college,” she explains, “such as how to be assertive, make my own decisions and improve my time management skills as well as meet my rigorous academic requirements.”

Time management skills are very important to Moore as she is a member of the Student Life Team and the Deaf Basketball Association, and dance co-captain and executive board member of the Ebony Club.

Moore is accomplishing what she set out to do.

“I’m following my heart and going after what I want,” she says.

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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