Aneesha Lane

Aneesha Lane knows what she wants. The Art and Computer Design (ACD) major from East Orange, N.J., received her associate degree in May and wants to proceed with her bachelor’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and become a successful designer.

Lane, 22, came to RIT because she felt the mix of hearing and deaf students—and cultures—really matched who she is.

And she says it’s been a great choice. From playing Juliet in the NTID Performing Arts production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to her team winning fifth place in intramural basketball competitions, to being the dance captain of the Ebony Club, Lane is getting what she wants.

Of her choice of majors, she says, “Art challenges me and makes me think. Why did the artist draw that picture? Where did the idea come from? Whydoes that appeal to me?”

She likes the flexibility of the Art and Computer Design program and what she sees as its limitless possibilities.

“This is a great program for those interested in becoming successful,” she says. “There are so many ways that RIT/NTID offers programs and support for everyone. Many of us have never had the kind of academic support we get here. Interpreting services are here if you need them, and there is help for preparing you to get your co-op.”

Lane worked hard on her résumé and job search skills with staff members from the NTID Center on Employment.

“I had a great co-op last year at the Indianapolis Star,” says Lane. “My job was designing classified advertisements and doing some page layout for Indiana Magazine. It felt so good to be there because it was about business. People were serious about their work, and I felt responsible just working with them. I wore business clothes, carried a briefcase, and felt just like part of the family.”

Lane wants success. And with hard work and determination, she is on her way.

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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