David Gustafson

I love to contribute my time and energy to the NTID community,” says David Gustafson, 21, a third-year Management Information Systems major from Kimberling City, Missouri.

Gustafson’s first experiences with the RIT/NTID community began in St. Louis when he attended FutureQuest, a weekend seminar conducted by RIT/NTID for deaf or hard-of-hearing high school students and their parents to learn about college options. He then attended Explore Your Future

RIT/NTID’s career exploration summer camp, and learned about the university’s strong technical programs and access services. After that, Gustafson says choosing RIT/NTID for college was easy.

Initially not sure of his major, Gustafson soon found his niche and was able to combine his love of technology with the social and people skills he was developing in leadership experiences in NTID student government.

“I’d like to work for technology companies at the management level or maybe even establish my own business to develop technical solutions to solve issues we face in the world today,” he says.

Gustafson is the speaker for the NTID Student Assembly, a member of the Department of Access Services Student Advisory Board, and serves on the NTID Classroom Communication Committee. This year he received certificates of achievement from the NTID Student Congress, recognizing his involvement on campus. He served on the NTID Imagine RIT Festival Committee, and he is a brother in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, from which he received an award in spring 2013, recognizing his work at NTID. He also received a special award from the NTID Student Congress for his efforts on behalf of the NTID community.

“At RIT, you learn the academic lessons that you came here for, and you should,” he says. “But you learn life lessons as well. People are here to help you, listen to you, teach you, show you what the real world is like and help you prepare for it.”

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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