When I was looking at colleges I was searching for a place where I could continue to play competitive women’s hockey, specifically on a Division I team. I really didn’t consider the academic side because I didn’t think colleges differed in how they accommodated hard-of-hearing students. But when I looked at RIT and learned about the access and support services available for hard-of-hearing students like me, I instantly knew I wanted to go to college here. RIT is already set up to accommodate hard-of-hearing and deaf students and I knew I had to go here. Now that I’m a student-athlete here at RIT it’s been a great fit for me because everyone is accepting and respectful, regardless of my hearing loss. I don’t feel like a bystander and I don’t feel out of place. With the guidance and acceptance I get here at RIT, it has shaped me into the person I want to become, and helped me realize I want to be a better person.