Mary Rose Weber

Mary Rose Weber

Mary Rose Weber’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “The only source of knowledge is experience.” She is taking Einstein’s words to heart and experiencing all she can during her time at RIT/NTID.

Born and raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Weber, the only deaf member of her family, attended Metro Deaf School for 13 years before coming to RIT/NTID.

She majors in Information Technology, and completed a cooperative work experience as a computer technician at PCs for People in St. Paul in 2013.

“I repaired and did troubleshooting on many old computers’ hardware and software programs,” she says. “My boss gave me two projects: setup/install a server with Microsoft Server 2012 and create a program with Visual Basic. I had never used that program before, but I did my research and asked my co-worker for help. I was really proud to have accomplished that task, and it was a great learning experience for me.”

Back on campus, Weber stays busy being involved with the Deaf Basketball Association, Deaf Volleyball Association, NTID Geek Club, Windows Club, College Activities Board and more.

“RIT/NTID is a good fit for me because it is a new environment and challenges me,” she says. “My favorite classes are Introduction to Psychology, Beginning Japanese I, Web II and Windows Phone 8 App Development.”

When asked what advice she would give to other students who are looking for a college, Weber is a believer in doing your homework. “Check college websites to see if they have interesting majors, apply early, visit a few colleges to get a sense of what they are like and if they are the right fit for you, and definitely look for scholarships early,” she says.

And how would Weber sum up all of the knowledge she’s gained through her experiences at RIT/NTID?

“Go Tigers!”

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

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