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Gallaudet Dreams

by Sherrie

Credit: The Buff and Blue @ Gallaudet University

Whilst procrastinating on my analytical essay about the study of positive media portrayal of Deaf President Now! movement at Gallaudet University, I decided to check out Gallaudet’s graduate course.

There it was in its finest glory…

Master of Arts in Deaf Studies


It’s essentially the ULTIMATE course, and it would allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming a Deaf anthropologist & researcher.

In 2012, I learnt La Trobe University had withdrawn Master of Arts in Deaf Studies, and as you can imagine, I was largely disappointed since I wanted to pursue it after finishing my undergraduate studies.

However, this gives me hope because I would be able to study at the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing people, where all classes and lectures are delivered in American Sign Language (ASL), and I would be able to immerse myself into the Deaf community there, especially in Washington D.C. and the rest of the United States.

I’m not worried about learning ASL, as I am already capable of holding a conversation in ASL and International Sign. I have the capability of picking up more ASL and thus becoming fluent.

The thing that worries me the most is…FUNDS.

As I would be studying at Gallaudet on the F-1 Student Visa, I would not be able to apply for scholarships directly from Gallaudet , nor can I get employment outside the campus in my first year. BUT…I can work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week – which does things a little easier, I suppose.

However, for the first year at Gallaudet, I would need to find at least $60,000 for one year. This includes tuition fees, unit fees, health insurance, accommodation, board, and health service. In addition, I would have to pay for visa fees, flights. AND, I would need to have additional funds in case of emergencies.

Despite the funds, I think this is something worth investing for my future, and the future of the Deaf community 🙂

As for scholarships, I could apply for the Fulbright scholarship, which is for Australian postgraduate students wishing to study in the United States. I think there is a few more scholarship opportunities – I still need to do more research.

And of course, get a job and save up. Might as well look into house-sitting instead of paying rent…that would allow me to save up more effectively as well.

If needed, I’d be willing to sell my left kidney 😉

Actually, no. I’m quite attached to both of my kidneys.

Seriously, I really hope I do get the opportunity to study at Gallaudet. It’s the Mecca for deaf people. And I’m absolutely sure Deaf and hard of hearing people all over the world are dreaming of studying at Gallaudet 😉

Yours forever, Gallaudet.

S xoxox

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Liam Ran September 1, 2014 - 10:36 pm

When you finally decide to come to Gallaudet, let me know so I can show you around (and perhaps few East Coast cities). Are you fluent ib American Sign Language yet? I can do some Auslan.

Sherrie September 2, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Hey Liam, that would be fabulous! I can converse in ASL fairly good, although I do need practice & immersion into the American deaf community so I can pick up more ASL 🙂


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