I didn’t mean to fall in love with American Sign Language. I promise. I was a silly college girl, absorbed in my world of costuming, and suddenly the class that fulfilled my general ed language requirement was my favorite class. It was fun and funny, and suddenly my whole being ached for fluency. I signed up for ASL 2, even though it didn’t count toward anything, and I love it just as much as I loved the first semester. Now, I’m working hard towards becoming an American Sign Language Interpreter. I know I have a long way to go before I get good enough for that, but I’m excited to try for it anyway.
The language is great, but it’s a whole package deal, really. I had no idea that there was a whole Deaf Culture out there existing side by side with my Hearing Culture. The discovery has been amazing. I know that I’m an ignorant little hearing girl, but I’d really love to share what I’m learning as I learn it. I find it fascinating, and I think you will too.
If you’re interested in what my life is like: I’m currently living in Southern California with my wonderful husband and our two matching cats. I’m also working at Disneyland while completing two degrees – an AA in American Sign Language Interpreting, and a BA in History. I dont’ really know the meaning of the words “free time” right now, but when I have some I’m usually lindy-hopping, hiking, camping, watching Project Runway or The Gilmore Girls, playing The Sims, or taking acrobatics class. I’m a member of the ASL club at my school, and volunteer sometimes with Deaf West Theater, too.
So here it is… Not just my journey to fluency, but the amazing things I’ve learned about Deaf Culture along the way. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
*I would also like to add a small disclaimer. I am 100% hearing, and understand that I have no idea what it’s like to be Deaf, nor will I ever know. I’m not trying to pass myself off as an expert on Deaf Culture, or really on any subject I’m writing about. My articles are not academic nor are they well-researched, and you should take them as such. If you have any questions or comments, I’d like to hear them! Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading and enjoying!