I must admit that I have forgotten about this blog for a while. For the past few days, I have been looking up on deafread.com to catch up on some current news. I realized that I haven’t made a post in almost a year, so I have decided to make a short one. Also, because I’m home sick as well, heh.

The Master’s Program is going pretty well. I’m currently on internship at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, New York. It has been a great experience so far. I have about a week and four days left then I have to attend a four-day seminar to listen to others’  presentations and I also have to give one myself.

I work with students in 9th to 12th, along with one special class of 7th graders. The students are wonderful and they have been patient with me throughout the months. I am very grateful to them. (If one of you guys read this, thank you! =)..)

This experience have made me realize a lot of things – especially in the field of deaf education. Before, I wasn’t too keen on deaf education and its politics. I’m not a huge fan of politics, but after encountering some experiences at the school and through the program, I realized that being involved in deaf education and its politics would make me a better teacher. Even though I’m still on the fence about becoming a teacher, I know for sure that I definitely do want to have a place in deaf education, regardless of my occupation (whatever that is..)

I’m not a quitter – so I will be continuing the program. Hopefully, something will come to me to help determine my future throughout the rest of the program. Anyways, I know this post probably did not have a huge point, but I have been thinking for a while.  Do you guys know of any wonderful online magazines/or newspapers that I could work at? It doesn’t have to be paid, but just something I could do and help contribute/spread out information to the deaf community. I realize that to become active in the deaf community, I have to start pretty soon.

Leave comments!

Deaf camps..

July 22, 2009

Hi, everybody. I have a question relating to deaf summer camps.

I went to Camp Isola Bella in the Berkshire mountains in the state of Connecticut for the 2001-2002 summer session and I really enjoyed my time there.

Since I won’t have to do anything next summer, I was thinking: why not work at a camp? I don’t mind working at Isola Bella, but I was wondering if you all know any other good camps that I could look into?

I know most camps require you to have First aid/CPR certificates but I don’t know if I’d have time to get these. So if you do know any camps that do not really require me to have those, that’d be great. Please do leave comments! I’d appreciate it.

And I am reallyyy looking forward to graduate school at RIT I can’t wait.  I received my schedule and it sounds interesting, so let’s see what happens. I most likely will blog about it once I start graduate school.

But yeah, do let me know if you all have any ideas about the summer deaf camps. Thanks!

Sorry about the lack of posting. I became extremely busy the past few months; especially with graduation. I now hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I have decided to go into the MSSE program for graduate school. I am really looking forward to that; especially because it will be a whole different environment than the one I was in for the past four years. This program is purely deaf education and it should be interesting.

I have been reading up on deafread.com and viewing vlogs on deafvideo.tv so don’t worry, I’m not too behind on anything. =P

I noticed that one of the bloggers posted an article about Southwest airlines providing video relay services to deaf customers. I think it’s great because it definitely will help these deaf customers get in contact with their family or friends quicker than texting or having someone else call for the deaf customers. Now, I just hope that other airlines will follow through with this.

Right now, I am working at a small office with my sister-in-law to complete my last internship for RIT. It’s not too bad;  I do all of the officework. The only thing I can’t do is answering the phone, but that isn’t a problem because there’s like four other people who can, lol. But yeah, these ladies are really nice and understanding. I do usually understand them, just that once in a while, I may not catch a word. They are nice enough to write it down for me and make sure I understand. So I really do feel comfortable going to work; compared to my last internship. However, at the same time, I always do look forward to Fridays because I know it’s the weekend and I can do whatever I want for these two days, then Sundays are my lazy days before going back to work. It is kind of a good preview for the real world after my graduation with the Master’s.

I know this may seem off the point, but my cousin Ian is right now in Israel; on a birthright trip (along with a study abroad program..) and he said that he went to a deaf museum there. He had to wear headphones for a hour and went through different scenarios. He thought it was cool, but of course, he was “deaf” for a hour, lol. Because of that, it made me think even more about visiting Israel. I really wouldn’t mind doing a birthright trip in the next few years.  I know a few people who went to Israel with a deaf group and they said that it was one of the best times they ever had. We’ll see if it’ll ever happen. Have you visited Israel before? If so, leave some comments about your experience. I’d love to hear it. =)

I think that’s good enough for now. I hope to blog more often this summer; and maybe throughout my graduate studies as well.

-Rachel

I know it has been a while. I apogolize for that. I have been extremely busy the past few months. But now it’s 2009! 2008 wasn’t a horrible year, but I’m hoping that 2009 will be one of the better years.

I will be graduating this May – 5 months – so soon, yikes!

I know this blog is short but I’m hoping  to write more often. The reason why it’s so short is that I have to get ready for my long drive back to Rochester tomorrow.

But I have a quick question for some of you guys – How is the Master of Science Program of Secondary Education for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (MSSE)? Is it a good program? Please leave comments with any information. I would really appreciate it!

Well, off to do a bit more relaxing, and then bed. Then tomorrow, back to reality. =\
– Rachel

If one of you guys know how to put video comments on wordpress, please do let me know. I’d like to be able to have that option for the commenter..

Thanks! =)

Hello, everybody;

It has been a while since I posted here. I got so busy with school that the only thing I could do online was to check emails. =\ but right now, I am at home, relaxing, on my Thanksgiving break. I arrived home from Rochester on Saturday, and ever since, I have been catching up on both deafread.com and deafvideo.tv.

As I was looking at deafvideo.tv, I noticed some vlogs that pertained to the topic of people contradicting themselves; they are basically being hypocrites. From my experiences, I notice that many people are hypocrites. Even though they may deny that they are hypocrites, it can be extremely obvious to other people. I’m not going to get too specific here, since most of you guys probably know who’s involved in that situation. However, I think it is healthy to have discussions among people and disagreement may arise. Because of disagreement, it continues the discussion. Sometimes the discussions may get out of control, and would result in people saying angry things that could be insulting.

If you are ever in that situation, it is always best to ignore the insults and say whatever that is on your mind. But if you want to be the bigger person, you should not insult back. You should be able to relay your information in a nice tone, making the other person look like the bad one. Also, I realize that if you do not say anything, it may not help the situation for the future. It may help for the present, but not the future.

So if you feel that you are in that kind of situation, I strongly suggest you to confront the person in private. If you confront the person in the public, other people will see it and get involved themselves. That can make the little situation become bigger. Like, for example, if if a person blows into the balloon and it becomes  bigger, but not too big. After that, the other people will take that balloon and continue to blow their air to the inside the balloon until it pops. When it pops, that is when the situation will get worse.

I do believe in people putting out their opinions, and if you can give your opinion back in a good way, then that is fine for the public to see. But if you plan on making your own blog/vlog that would focus on one person and it includes extremely negative comments, then you’re letting “the shit hit the fan.”

If you did that already and you believe that you are not a hypocrite, then you just did the action of being a hypocrite.

Especially in this world, the deaf world. It is so tiny that rumors and information will be passed around so quickly. Faster than a nanosecond. So please do think before you speak (or sign) because if the information get turned on you, your “reputation” in the deaf community is going to be tarnished and it can be difficult to go back to “normal.”

If you’d like to make a comment about this, you are welcome to – but remember: don’t be a hypocrite. =)

Long time no see..

July 19, 2008

It has been a while since I have written in here. It’s kind of hard because of the chaos going around and people resigning from deafread. I will probably be one of those few ones who will stay, read, and listen. I have been reading up on all of the blogs/vlogs related to the situation, but I’m not going to talk about it since it has been mentioned so many times.

I want to bring up something that’s completely different from the situation that is going on around on deafread. I have been thinking about this for a while, but I’d like to hear some of your opinions on this.

A friend and I were talking the other day about the differences between hearing people and deaf people’s opinions on affection. For example, with our hearing friends, when we greet each other in public, it usually is a hug and a kiss on the cheek (depending on the strength of the friendship.) But with our deaf friends, we can’t do that because we would be looked at as lesbians. I say this because of experience. I went to a hearing school so I’m used to hugging and kissing on other people’s cheeks, but when I went to college, I became more immersed into the deaf world. So I “continued” the hugging and kissing on the cheek with my close friends, but then I started hearing rumors about me being a lesbian because I hug and kiss girls on the cheek. I do the same thing to my guy friends, but people primarily picks on me because I do the same with girls. The recent spring, I took a class called “Deaf Culture in America” and I learned that deaf people tend to be closeknit because they value their culture and such. And deaf people have to touch each other to get each other’s attention; so deaf people do rely on touching because they cannot hear. I don’t understand why some deaf people cannot view the hugging in the same way as touching someone else to get attention? It is in the same form: touching.

I also get annoyed about the fact how deaf people tend to pick on me about me and my best friend. They think that we hang out too much and all that. But it’s not true: we do have our own schedules. They probably say that kind of thing because we’re also roommates. But, really, why do deaf people do this? The hearing people view me and my best friend as..best friends. nothing more. And they’re cool with that. But not deaf people. We also have the same group of friends; which is probably why people assume that we hang out too much, but..ahh, it just bothers me!

Please leave comments with your opinions, if you can. I’d appreciate if the comments could be clean. And if you need to be negative in a way, say it in a nice tone so it won’t cause problems or anything.

Thanks for reading!

Hello, Deafread.

June 14, 2008

Hi – this is my first blog at deafread.com. I have been reading/watching b/vlogs for a while now. So, I decided to get one of my own! =)

I’m not exactly sure what to say yet – but I hope to have some interesting blogs for you guys to read. I also like to read comments and reply to them, so I’ll try my best to update often. But here’s a bit of information about me. I’m Rachel, I’m 20 years old, and I will be a senior at RIT in the fall. My major’s Psychology (and, no, don’t worry, I won’t analyze you…yet. =P..) and I’m originally from Long Island, New York (whoohoo.) I have a cochlear implant, but I do use sign language. I grew up in a hearing family with a younger deaf brother and we both were mainstreamed at a public school with no deaf program. However, we were lucky to have interpreters to help convey information to us. My brother and I became extremely close to those interpreters because of the lack of communication among our hearing peers. I might talk about those interpreters later on. That did affect my decision to attend RIT, where there is a big deaf population. Right now, I’m in between of both worlds, but I’m getting used to it. =) – I think that’s really it for now.

If you have anything to say, please feel free to leave a comment here and help me get the ball rolling.

Thanks!