Kjerstin Kantola, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology has been named a student ambassador for the college’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. About 10 students are selected annually for the recognition program, which began in 2008.
Kantola, 24, of Juneau is featured on the college’s website where she explains why she attends RIT/NTID and what advice she would offer to other students considering attending.
Kantola, a second-year student majoring in graphic design, is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School. She enjoys photography and the outdoors. She says the best thing about college is “having a lot of deaf people just like me. I am not alone.”
“Our college is like no other,” said NTID President Gerry Buckley. “And our students are our best ambassadors to help spread that message. They are living examples of role models that result from a good education, a positive attitude and work ethic and their natural talent.”
Student ambassadors meet standards, including having a good GPA. They are selected by Buckley from nominations from faculty and staff. Each student ambassador receives a certificate and a T-shirt in RIT orange that identifies them as an ambassador and can participate in panel discussions or tours for visitors to campus.
This year, a record 1,521 students from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries attend NTID. The students reside, eat and study on the RIT campus with more than 16,000 hearing students, making NTID the only college of its kind to provide unparalleled access services to deaf and hard-of-hearing students while giving them the opportunity to socialize with their hearing peers.