Sick of being nervous to go out in public
Today is the start of a brand new Aaron. Making a LOT of changes for me, for my health, and for my life. Fingers crossed for me to stick with it!
Also starting this by cutting out people who don’t need to be there.
Hey, I'm a cook and student at Univeristy at Buffalo, getting my degree in chem but seriously considering becoming an ASL interpreter. I'm very much a beginning signer, but I attend a bunch of Deaf events and do a LOT of independent study. Just curious, where do you go to school and where do you plan on going for Interpreting?
I am currently enrolled in Onondaga Communtiy College.
Now before you say anything, put aside all the hate that OCC gets and understand that OCC now has one of the best ASL programs you will ever find in a community college. The program here has an almost family-like atmosphere; everybody knows everybody and we help each other and support each other through tough times and it’s just amazing.
As for your second question, I recently got accepted into Keuka College where I will be going for an Interpreting degree. After that, I’ll be going wherever my feet (or hands) take me. I’ve been looking a lot into VRS Interpreting recently. If you didn’t know, VRS stands for Video Relay Serivce, and it acts as a Deaf telephone. it looks like a standing tablet, and allows Deaf individuals to talk to Hearing relatives or friends or whoever. Party A (Deaf) wants to call their Hearing Mom (Party B) to find out what time she should come over. I would act as the Interpreter for both parties, signing what party B says to party A, and speaking what Party A signs to Party B.
That’s an option for me. I’m also looking into educational interpreting, since you don’t really need to be certified by the RID. I’ve been fascinated by the idea of teaching a language in the language itself.
But i think that it’s awesome that you’re considering ASL as a career. There are unlimited possibilities and it’s a phenomenal universe that I honestly have been exploring for 3 years and haven’t even scratched the surface. If you want to stay in touch, I’d love to hear about your plans or goals with ASL.
Life would be perfect if it weren’t for that one empty space next to me that looks like it could fit a person perfectly.