I grew up attending Texas School for the Deaf. Everyone in my family attended or worked there. In Texas, I was very involved with sports, student government, international studies and the Deaf community. Finding a college that offered my major, a deaf community where my identity is welcomed, and the ability to find an internship/co-op were most important to me when searching for a college. I actually transferred to RIT after spending one year at a different college, and I have no regrets! I was nervous at first about transferring to RIT because I was not sure if I would like being part of a big school with lot of hearing students. But as soon as I stepped foot on campus, I felt at home. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people are embraced here, and I was warmly welcomed into the community. Here at RIT, I get to pursue my dreams while being who I am. I never could have imagined how happy I would be being here at RIT. My time here has been nothing but an eye-opening, inspiring and phenomenal experience. I am extremely proud to say RIT is my second home, 110%. This school is a great fit for us all, no matter our backgrounds. A perfect place to gain academic and professional skills, and a fitting balance to focus on academics and socialize.