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Gallaudet? October 7, 2007

Filed under: ASL,college,deaf,school — bookwritegirl @ 6:02 pm

Okay, per some suggestions I’ve received from various people (it was helpful in realizing what’s available) I made up a to-do list:

1)Look up Gallaudet visiting student information and guidelines

2)Look up classes I can take that could apply for my English major

3)Find out if these classes can transfer to my university.

4)Talk with Financial Aid to see if they can put a “hold” on my scholarships (if I miss a semester or fall below full time, I could lose the scholarship). Or if my scholarships can transfer, just as it would for exchange students. Note: If they can’t hold or transfer my scholarships, if visiting Gally would mean losing the scholarships, well, that would call the whole thing off. Unless I do it in my 2nd year Senior year, when my scholarships run out.

5) Find out if I can get financial aid or scholarships from Gallaudet?

6) Tuition there at my university’s tuition rate? (Believe it or not…it’s about the same price, but I have to double check)

5) Find out what I need to do for FAFSA, to continue (or increase) my loans. Do I input my university, or do I put down Gallaudet (even if I do it for only a semester)?

6)Find out the total cost of attending for one (maybe two?) semesters.

7)Save up money.

8)See if I can count Gallaudet for my Honors program…perhaps joining Gally’s Honors Program would count toward my minimum of one honors class a semester req?

9)Talk to my English advisor, see if I can get the English classes to transfer. Talk to my Creative Writing advisor, see if I can not take a writing class that semester

10)Talk to my employer, see if I can do a leave of absence for a semester (or two?) and then return to my job when I get back.

11)See if I can get a temp. library job at Gallaudet?

12) Gallaudet dorms? req. for that? I hope I can get a dorm, because a) it’s cheaper and b) safer than an apartment. Plus it’s better for immersion 🙂

 13) Application process. If I try for Fall of 08, how soon do I need to apply? Or Spring of 09? (I hope fall, because of Sign Language week!)

14) Once I find out everything, talk to my parents. They’re pretty adversive to anything that might cost more. Plus I don’t know how they would feel about me trying to be more “Deaf”. After all, they put a lot of effort into raising me (hearing). I don’t grudge them that, but I do feel the need to balance it out. I just don’t know how they would react.

15) Apply.

16) Save up money.

17) Go. (if all works out 🙂 )

 Plus whatever little steps I have to do, like pack and see if I can take my car, and transfer my prescription, etc. I hope it works out like I want it to.


14 Responses to “Gallaudet?”

  1. quixoticdeaf Says:

    Sounds like a busy list. 🙂 Best of luck to you with that and keep us updated!

    I’m curious, you said you’re an English major. What would you do for your master’s?

  2. bookwritegirl Says:

    Will do! 🙂
    Yep, English and Creative Writing double major, and then a masters in Library Science. Unfortunately, Gallaudet doesn’t offer that! Oh, well. 🙂

  3. rena Says:

    I don’t get it. Why do you have school loans? Don’t you know that you could probably get your state vocational rehabilitation dept to pay your tuition and even your dorm because you have a disability? Do you have a VR counselor? Are you getting SSI? It just seems like you aren’t very well-informed about what’s available for you. Most Gallaudet students get their tuitions paid for, and even their books.

  4. rena Says:

    If you come to Gallaudet as a visiting student, you’re not really a Gallaudet student. You are still enrolled at your original school and you are paying tuition to them, and they pay Gallaudet .

  5. bookwritegirl Says:

    Wow…I guess you’re right, I’m not really informed at all…thanks for letting me know! That’s awesome! (because I’m considering transferring if the visiting thing goes well 🙂 )

    I really appreciate your information 🙂 I just sent off a flurry of emails to the administration at my school, to see what the procedures are for becoming a visiting student. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  6. bookwritegirl Says:

    About vocational rehabilitation…I never really learned about that option. I don’t really consider myself terribly in need. I have a job at the library, which is perfect for my eventual goal of being a librarian, so would I be disqualified of assistance from that way? Do you know much about vocational rehabilitation?

  7. rena Says:

    Go online. Look up your state department of vocational rehabilitation. Find out where your regional office is. Call them through relay or tty and tell them you are a deaf college student and want a VR counselor. I can’t give you more specific information without knowing which state you’re in since each state handles VR slightly differently, and their names might differ slightly. Ask them to set up an appointment for you. There are so many services available to you as a deaf student — I can’t believe you didn’t know about this. Didn’t your high school guidance counselor tell you?

  8. bookwritegirl Says:

    I just found my state’s office, and will do 🙂

    *sigh* Nope. Now that I think about it, my college disAbility officer mentioned VR in passing, but she didn’t really go into that either. So I just assumed it wasn’t for me.

    I don’t know how many times I can say thanks, and have it be enough…both you and quixoticdeaf have been of immense help…:)

  9. rena Says:

    Send an email to Dr. Shirley Shultz Myers and cc it to Geoff Whitebread, who is the Honors Program Specialist. She is the director of the Honors Program at Gallaudet, and believe me, they are dying for academically talented students like you. Look at the website —, and check out Opportunities. They even have a Presidential Scholarship. Tell them about yourself, and I am sure they will be happy to correspond with you and answer your questions. Washington DC is a big and exciting city where you can have enriching experiences, meet a diverse group of people, and learn many new things. If you are interested in becoming a librarian, wdnt you rather have an internship at the Library of Congress than your hometown library? Think big.

  10. rena Says:

    Take a look at the Library of Congress’s website — They list all of the various internship possibilities. There are also deaf people who have good jobs there, and Gallaudet has a lot of connections. Of course, if you’d rather work at your local library, shelving books…
    It’s time to think about what you want for you, and not just what your parents want for you. You have to live your life, not their life. They did a good job raising you as a hearing person, but guess what, you’re deaf, and not hearing! I’m sure they did their best, but now it’s time for you to figure out what’s right for you. Don’t waste your college years.

  11. bookwritegirl Says:

    Wow…you really know your way around. Are you a Gally graduate? 🙂 I’m going to speak to my ASL teacher tomorrow after class too, to see what he knows. That’s sad if they don’t have many Honors students 😦 I’m not a perfect 4.0, but it’s like 3.975 right now. So maybe if I can get the Presidential Scholarship, I’ll have a great reason to just transfer and not be a visiting student, huh? 🙂 Esp. if I’m saving money that way, that’ll help convince my parents.

    I’ll email them tonight, and the VR too. I just have to finish up some homework. I just keep praying it’ll all work out! And you’re right, an internship at the Library of Congress would be awesome…I had looked into that a long time ago and that was my goal :)I have a lot of goals, I’m just not sure I can reach them all. But I’m getting started. 🙂

  12. bookwritegirl Says:

    and you’re right, I’m here to enrich myself 🙂
    I’m actually a lot farther along on thinking about myself and my future than I was when I first started college, to be honest. All I knew was that I had a plan, until my ASL teacher came along, and then I realized, hey, wait a minute, I can actually go to Gallaudet…
    I had looked into Gallaudet my junior year of hs. But I knew only the ABCs and a few other signs in sign language, so then it wouldn’t have worked. Now…wow!

  13. rena Says:

    Check out VR. Depending on what state you live in, you could get a free ride to college, and instead of having loans to worry about, you can focus on your education. Wouldn’t you rather spend time with friends, or reading, or dating than spending 20 hrs a week working in a library? You should also contact your local Social Security office and see if you qualify for SSI. Make an appointment and go in. It is Supplemental Security Income designed to help people with disabilities. Look online for There is also an eligibility screening tool there. Do this soon. The longer you wait, the more benefits you’re missing out on.

  14. rena Says:

    And there are lots of students who come to Gallaudet who aren’t fluent in ASL, so don’t let that hold you back. 10% of the freshman class have CIs. You will pick it up fast. Everyone does.

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