Kathyrn Meeks

Kathryn Meeks has a plan. And she always knew it would include going to college.

“My high school’s requirement for graduation was to be accepted by a college,” the third-year student from Midlothian, Virginia, says, “and my family always encouraged me to find a college that was the right fit for me.”

In ninth grade, she met an RIT/NTID admissions counselor who sparked her interest in RIT, and after attending RIT/NTID’s Explore Your Future summer program, she knew her goal was to be accepted here.

“Being an oral deaf student with bilateral cochlear implants, I appreciate the C-Print, interpreting, tutoring and notetaking services offered for deaf students at RIT,” says Meeks. “Professors are understanding of my needs as a deaf student. I get the best of both worlds with hearing and deaf people here—something I have never had before.”

After enrolling, Meeks looked at a number of majors and chose Psychology.

“I like to help others, and I really like psychology because I can apply what I have learned at RIT to help improve people’s lives,” says Meeks.

Working for two summers as a teacher’s assistant at a child development center in her hometown, Meeks continues to build on her plan for the future.

“I love working with children,” she says, “so I would like to explore working with children either in a school or a counseling setting.”

This NTID Presidential Scholarship recipient works hard, but still finds time to play.

“I love hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and working out or playing sports,” she says.

Her goal now is to find a co-op and to continue to follow Mark Twain’s advice in this quote: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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