I was mainstreamed and had a good mix of both hearing and deaf friends in high school. My priority while searching for a college was finding a well-ranked engineering program close to home. Later on in the search process, I realized how crucial communication accessibility was to me as well as having a deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The fit also had to be right. For me, that meant having the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds, so I could find friends I could relate to and others I could learn a lot about, and we all could share in our common deafness. RIT met my criteria. To be honest, when I first arrived to campus the large number of students was overwhelming and the huge Deaf community was culture shock for me. I was not used to seeing so many deaf people all at once. But RIT’s friendly environment enabled me to make friends easily and find comfort right away. I have made great friends and I continue to meet new people with whom I share common interests. My friends who are hearing, know sign language or are willing to learn, and my friends who are deaf, come from all different backgrounds. They are academically driven and an amazing support system for me.