I decided to attend RIT because the college offers a top-ranked engineering program and a diverse community. It’s been easy to fit in and make a lot of friends. I went to a mainstream high school, and I was the only hard-of-hearing person there. When I visited RIT, I got to interact with people like me for the first time. I fit in right away. Being a part of the varsity track team has been a wonderful experience for me. At first, I thought I might feel excluded from team activities, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, there are several other deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes on the team, and we get along wonderfully with everyone. Being more than seven hours from home doesn’t concern me because I’m so happy here. I feel welcomed and comfortable at RIT, and I don’t think any other college could offer me the same inclusive community that I get to be a part of here every day.