Name: August Shitama
Majors/Minors: Undeclared (Considering Communication Studies)
What do you like about Gallaudet University?
Gallaudet University's atmosphere is so welcoming. I could say Gallaudet is a utopia for the deaf community - There are no words to express how exhilarating it is to have that communication barrier come crashing down. It was a very liberating moment for me when I arrived here for the first time and I realized I don't have to rely on an interpreter nor write notes to anybody here... I could use my first language; sign language. It's just marvelous.
What do you like about Honors?
We, as students, are challenged to do our best and go further with our academics. Honors isn't just extra work; it's a journey to learn more about ourselves and make education the most enriching experience possible. I think that's the best thing about Honors because it's not purely academic but also about developing a stronger sense of who we are and what we can do in this world.
Why did you choose Honors?
I joined Honors because like Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, once said: "The only way to truly be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work ... Don't settle." I don't want to say my regular courses are good enough. I want to get more out of my college education, so I didn't settle. I joined the Honors program to reach a higher level of excellence.
What are your goals for after graduation?
At this point, I don't know where life will take me. I do have a rudimentary plan in mind, but it's so broad: Find a career, settle down with a partner, and just find nirvana. But hey, a simple plan can yield amazing things.
What are your hobbies?
I'm a writer at heart. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon, and there is nothing more breathtaking than being able to weave together sentences that can express my ideas and thoughts. I love to draw, cook and bake delicious treats, and watch 30 Rock so I can learn how to become more like Liz Lemon.
Do you have any advice for students who are new to Gallaudet?
Just ask yourself, "Why not?" in your first semester. That is what I did, and let me stress this: Use your judgment. But ask yourself "Why not?" if there's a new experience waiting for you. You will grow so much in your first year at Gallaudet and don't regret anything. Always be happy with what you've learned from your time as a student.