Well, I’m looking into going to Gallaudet as a visiting student for a semester (possibly two), on the suggestion of some people. I really want to go, and be around people like myself Also, they have a Deaf Lit class and some more ASL classes, plus I’m certain many of their English classes will transfer evenly over to my English degree here. I’m checking with the English Dept. chair right now. Needless to say, this would be an incredible opportunity.
I’m still waiting to hear from several places, though, before I can seriously consider it, such as will my scholarships be saved/transfered? (if I go below full time, I could lose them) I can pay for transportation there, but without money to help pay for it, I will have to tell myself ‘no’.
Once I find out everything about being a visiting student, and have all my ducks in a row, I will tell my parents of my plan. I’m nervous, though, because I don’t know how they will react…they spent all these years raising me to be as normal as possible (i.e. hearing) and I’m glad for that. But I don’t want them to think that going to Gallaudet means I’m disappointed with them, really I’m not. I just want to help my Deaf identity grow. Also, they’re really tenative if I have to borrow more money for my education, esp. since I don’t have to go, it’s just a want.
Does anybody know anything about being a visiting student? Could you please share your knowledge/experience?
I don’t think I ever asked for prayer help on CAF before, but I truly hope this will work out, so please pray for this :o I need to have enough money and not worry about losing my scholarships (I bought a lotto ticket before realizing prayers can work too). I also need courage to present this plan to my parents if this all works out, and hope my parents have the wisdom to accept and support me in this, and the courage to have me live two driving days away from home.