"Nita, you gotta go to Gally", said my brother Daryl on Easter Sunday, April 8th, 2012, almost exactly echoing the words Elissa Macias, an interpreter at my church said just 5 or 6 days before. They weren't telling me anything I didn't already know. The conversations were almost identical. "I can't", I replied. "Why not?", they both asked. I then told them that the Hearing UnderGrad program at Gallaudet required a certain ASL proficiency and I didn't know what level was required, but I didn't have it. Both simply responded, "Oh". That was the end of that particular line of conversation for Elissa, but Daryl wasn't quite finished. Now, my brother has been diagnosed with ADHD in the expert lay opinions of me, himself, and probably many others. (Sorry, Big D, it's just part of the story.) But I KNOW he understood when I explained the issue of my ASL level!!! It seemed that line of conversation was over with him as it was when I spoke with Elissa. But after a pause, he said, "Nita, you gotta go to Gally". It was almost like he missed my excuse, although I KNOW he didn't. THAT was the beginning! I already knew I had to do it, I just needed a swift kick to the rear to get the ball rolling!!!
For me, this is NOT about going to college, but about going to Gallaudet University! I don't think I would be considering going back to finish my Bachelor's at any other school!!! I get to be more deeply immersed in the Deaf Community than I am even now as an employee! The question for me was never would I get in, but rather would I start in 2013 or 2014? Let's get to it without further ado!
YES! YES!! YES!!! I am sitting in the campus library in my favorite seat. I like to write my posts in my notebook before publishing them to my blog. I actually wrote the previous part of this post before checking my email a few minutes ago on the guest computer. I was so overwhelmed, I had to go for a short walk outside before coming back to finish writing. Round 1 is done, now onto the ASL-PI (American Sign Language-Proficiency Interview)!!!