Sherry Shizimu

What would make someone leave a Hawaiian paradise to come to Rochester? Sherry Shimizu, who was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii, says she came here for “a new experience in a polar environment.”

While Rochester’s climate isn’t exactly polar, winter can be cold and snowy, and the changing seasons here certainly contrast with the tropical climate in which Sherry grew up.

But Upstate New York’s weather is only part of the story. As a high school junior, Sherry came to RIT/NTID for the Explore Your Future program and “fell in love with the campus.” She knew then that this would be her college choice, and now the Packaging Science major is making the most of her experiences here.

“I’m amazed at the amount of support I receive and the excellent networking opportunities,” says the 21-year-old.

Sherry works part time in the archives at RIT’s Wallace Library and as an English tutor in the NTID Learning Center. She’s also a member of Asian Deaf Club, RIT Packaging Club, and the student chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals. This fall, she began writing a blog to chronicle her experiences here.

She hasn’t decided yet which industry to focus on for her career in packaging, but she knows she wants to travel. Sherry, who is Japanese, would like to visit Japan as well as Korea and Europe.

“I’m trying to abide by this proverb: ‘Dance like no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, sing like no one is listening, work like you don’t need the money, and live every day as if it were your last.’”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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