COLA Connections Newsletter: Spring 2018

Student Spotlight: Emily Griffin-- Pathways to Become an Educator at RIT

Like many students, Emily Griffin came to RIT undecided on her major, not quite sure which program was the best fit for her goals.  She spent some time in the Liberal Arts Exploration program, which provided her extra time and specialized advising to help her figure it all out.  “I knew my career goals, but I was not sure how I was going to get there,” Emily says.  “I chose RIT for the diverse community and the atmosphere that the school provided.  I wanted to be exposed to Deaf culture, and RIT definitely had it.”  Interested in working in Deaf education, she was excited to learn that while RIT does not offer an undergraduate program in teaching, there is a master’s program in secondary education through NTID. “I knew it would be the perfect match for my academic and career goals.”

Emily selected Communication as her undergraduate major and got involved on campus.  “I tried my best to be involved outside of my classes.  I joined Zeta Tau Alpha, College Panhellenic Council, Colleges Against Cancer, and Lambda Pi Eta—the Communication honor society. I also worked as a Resident Adviser, a Peer Adviser, and as a student worker in the Office of Student Services in COLA.” She credits these experiences with helping to make her undergraduate experience memorable, as well as prepare her for graduate study and beyond. 

This fall, Emily began her studies at NTID in the Education program (MSSE).  “I’m lucky not to have to give up school just yet! I am hoping once I graduate from my master’s program that I will be able to start working at a residential school for the deaf.  My goal is to become a high school history teacher for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.”