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Gianna Heaviland

Gianna Heaviland

Sport/Position: Tennis

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Sociology

Hometown/State: Encinitas, California

Why did you pick RIT/NTID? I wanted to be in an area that had a Deaf community so that I could use sign language on a daily basis and further my identity as Deaf person. I also wanted to learn about the community's diversity so that I could accommodate Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream education to the best of my ability.

Clubs/Activities: Table Tennis Club, Makeup Club

Hobbies/Interests outside of athletics: Table tennis, makeup, fashion, photography, vlogging

What’s the best part about being here as a RIT/NTID student-athlete? Meeting so many people of multiple identities and learning about their experiences in and out of RIT. Also, finally having a community to belong to and having shared experiences with other Deaf and hard-of-hearing people has boosted my self-confidence and social skills tremendously.

Favorite on-campus food spot: Catalyst, I love their rice bowls!

Where do you do your homework? In my room mostly. Sometimes in coffee shops or the library.

If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? a knife, rope, and water filter

Hidden talent: I'm an amateur singer.

What’s your life motto? If you're going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you're going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you're going to question something, question authority. If you're going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you're going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you're going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams. --Daniel Golston