Corey Burton

NTID Student Congress President Corey Burton, 22, and his vice president chose the slogan, "Don't be Afraid to Dream" as NSC's motto for the academic year, and these are words that the Fort Wayne, Ind., native lives by as well.

Burton chose RIT/NTID because of the diversity of both deaf and hearing people on campus, and because he wanted opportunities for new experiences and to socialize with new people.

Burton received an associate degree in Applied Computer Technology and now is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Quality Management, Organizational Change and Leadership and Communication.

"I chose this major because it allowed me to combine my interests and goals into one major," he says. "Customizing my major allowed me to pick a wide variety of courses within each subject and develop my interests in certain areas. I apply many of the concepts I learn in class to my leadership roles at NTID."

Burton enjoys working with all types of people, so he stays involved at RIT/NTID. He spends about 20 hours a week serving in his role as NSC president.

"I'm growing and learning so much from this leadership role," he says.

Burton also served as president of Ebony Club and Tiger Media, a film club; was a mentor for the NTID Student Life Team; and an orientation assistant for NTID's Summer Vestibule Program, a two-week orientation program for new students.

"I find campus life at RIT very rewarding and fulfilling," he says.

Burton loves adventure. He is a certified scuba diver, likes hiking, traveling to exotic places, and has near-term goals to sky dive and visit Africa to work with young people.

After completing his bachelor's degree, Burton plans to give back to the community and work for a few years in student life at a deaf school, so he can continue to work with young people and help empower them. He also is considering pursuing a master's degree in higher education leadership.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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