I remember vividly sitting in University 101 class at the start of my freshman year at Gallaudet, and realizing that I finally had full communication access and a sense of belonging. I felt at home. My time (at Gallaudet) helped me find my identity and confidence, and develop invaluable interpersonal skills in dealing with all kinds of people—before everyone had a smartphone, when communication was done in-person. These lessons have stayed with me and impacted my career.