|Samantha Geffen, ASL Interpreting, Third Year
What is your great aspiration after graduation?
I’ve loved theatre ever since I was little. I’ve been interested in interpreting since freshman year of high school, so I’d love to be able to combine those two passions and become a performing arts interpreter. Who knows, maybe you’ll see me on Broadway one day.
What is your most memorable moment at RIT?
Having the chance to watch the men’s hockey team make history when they beat Denver and then beat UNH. I wasn’t a hockey fan until I got to RIT, but I’m glad that I was able to be a part of RIT history, even if it was just as a fan.
What is your most impressive accomplishment so far?
I’ve been roller-skating since I was 5 and competing since I was 10. I joined a synchronized skating team in 2004 and skated with them until I transferred to RIT in 2008. My most impressive accomplishment was having the chance to go to Italy and Australia with my team for the World Competition, the roller-skating equivalent to the Olympics. I was able to travel to — and make friends from — another country. Not many people can say that they’re competitive roller skaters, but how many people are also able to say that they’ve represented their country?
How do you feel about your major?
Honestly, there are some days when I feel like crying, but you learn so much from interpreting that it’s nothing but beneficial. As one friend told me, it’s about “performing.” Some days you’ll have good days and others you won’t; you just need to know how to take your frustration and make yourself a better person. Interpreting is a versatile profession with the ability to travel anywhere and interpret for anyone.