Student Success Stories

Adam's vision problems due to Usher's syndrome have given him an appreciation for the quality of the accessibility services available at RIT, which he says he "didn't find at other colleges." more
Josh is impressed with the variety of social opportunities available at RIT/NTID: "The fact that there are more than 1,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students to interact with, in addition to thousands of hearing students, can’t be beat." more
Seth, who serves as a volunteer firefighter when he's not in class, hopes to use the skills he's learning as a Computer Aided Drafting Technology major to help him become a fire marshal someday. more
Melanie's family has long been involved in the deaf community. Once she realized that she wanted to get her degree in ASL interpreting, she says she knew "this was the place to do it." more
Matthew believes in balancing his hard work as a Biotechnology major with fun, which for this driven student means competitive swimming for RIT and the USA Deaflympics team. more
Elena emigrated from Uzbekistan with her family in 2000 to New York City, where she attended a school for the deaf. She says she chose RIT because it offers "equal opportunities for deaf and hearing students alike." more
Sherry, a Packaging Science major who was born and raised in Hawaii, has fallen in love with the RIT/NTID campus despite the difference in climate. more
The tragic events of September 11, 2001 led Carolyn Tully to re-evaluate the career she had chosen, working in a corporate sales role. She decided that she needed to do "something more meaningful," and enrolled in the MSSE program at RIT. more
Reyes chose to major in Accounting Technology because it fit well with his strong background in mathematics. Being on the Dean's List every quarter since then has made his decision look like a good one. more
Growing up, Ryan loved three things: building things, drawing, and working with computers. His search for a major that combined them all led him to RIT/NTID's Computer Aided Drafting Technology program. more
Daniel, an Accounting Technology major who someday hopes to find a job in the banking industry, for now has his sights set on an RIT master's degree in Business Management. more
Aneesha is taking full advantage of the campus opportunities at RIT/NTID - she played Juliet in an NTID Performing Arts production, is dance captain of the Ebony Club, and plays intramural basketball. more

More Success Stories

Portrait of Shavone Moncrieffe
Be yourself and live life to the fullest,” is a motto Shavone Moncrieffe strives to follow every day.
Shareef Ali in glasses and a blue shirt
A job with VTCSecure, an international provider of telecommunications access, awaits Shareef after graduation.
Viet Q. Le
Viet Q. Le is a faculty member in NTID’s Science and Mathematics Department.
Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill is a faculty member in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department.
Laural Hartman
Laural Hartman is a lecturer in NTID’s Visual Communications Studies Department, teaching core courses such as Drawing and Principles of Design and Color.
Jason Nordhaus
Nordhaus is a core faculty member in RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and a professor in the astrophysics Ph.D. program in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.
Alesia Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, Allen teaches introductory courses in psychology and abnormal psychology.
Jonathan Roman
At RIT, Roman found his purpose — to bridge the gap and connect the hearing and the deaf worlds.
Susana Flores
Flores, the only deaf person in her family and the first to go to college, is planning to be the curator of an art gallery one day.
Kelly Jo Hilleshiem
The NBA Indiana Pacers’ dance team wanted her, but Hilleshiem chose RIT/NTID instead.
Christopher Caulfield
Christopher chose RIT to pursue the web and mobile computing program, and to meet successful deaf role models that he never had encountered back home.
Alesia Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, Allen teaches introductory courses in psychology and abnormal psychology.
Jason Nordhaus
Jason Nordhaus joined the faculty in NTID’s Science and Mathematics Department as an assistant professor and theoretical astrophysicist.
Portrait of Talila Lewis
A desire to work with young people and involve them in social justice advocacy brought Lewis to RIT/NTID.
Mary Rose Weber
Weber’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “The only source of knowledge is experience.”
Simmons, 22, from Pickering, Ohio, is a fourth-year Packaging Science major who plans to graduate in May.
RIT’s variety of support services was important to this Mechanical Engineering Technology major.
This NTID Presidential Scholarship recipient works hard, but still finds time to play.