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For this week’s video, I interview my American Sign Language (ASL) professor about Deaf Awareness Week, and show you how Montgomery College celebrated it! Sorry my signing isn’t the best, feel free to turn on the subtitles 🙂

Bethany Maczka

Hello! My name is Bethany. This is my second year at Montgomery College. I am a member of the Macklin Business Institute, the honors business program at MC. I am so fortunate to have found this incredible program, and the family of amazing people along with it - I don’t know what I would do without them!

You can oftentimes find me in the MBI Café, the student-run Starbucks next to the cafeteria. Although I only work there once a week, I stop by to help barista whenever I’m stressed out. Creating the beautiful brown-to-white ombré of an iced caramel macchiato, or drizzling caramel atop the perfect swirl of whipped cream on a Frappuccino, never fails to cheer me up. Order an iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle and there’s a good chance you’ll make my day.

I am majoring in business, but I have always had a passion for learning new languages. I first studied six years of Spanish, followed by two years of American Sign Language. I hope to continue learning both when I transfer next fall.

In my free time, I love to bake, play guitar, and hang out with friends. I easily prioritize baking above sleeping, which means if I’m up studying until midnight, I’ll be baking until 3am. We can sleep when we’re dead, right? (As a side note, bringing cupcakes to class is a great way to make friends in college!)

If MC has taught me anything, it’s that life is too short to not give everything your all. As one of my favorite professors always says, “live intentionally.” I am excited to share my journey through MC with all of you. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Hi Bethany, I am off this week (preparation for son’s wedding) but I wanted to let you know I am still viewing and appreciate your video on sign language. As someone who had a father with 5% in one ear (a combination of childhood illness and working in a loud mill), I know all too well the struggles in a non hearing world. He had just enough hearing that we tended to talk way too loud, when that really doesn’t help. Your video illustrates how a deaf person experiences a world in silence. Sign language always fascinated me and I thank you for showing us how we may learn to communicate with hearing impaired.

    1. Hi Jane, thanks for the comment! Sign language fascinates me too, it is such a beautiful language. I think everyone can benefit from learning at least a few basic signs.

  2. This was such a beautiful video to watch Bethany. I really enjoyed it especially since my brother is autistic and my mother works with the deaf. This was such an inspirational video in which many people may think otherwise. I think you did such a terrific job with this and you totally put a lot of heart making it. Loving the posts.

    1. Thanks a bunch Kaila! I definitely do have a passion for sign language haha. That’s so cool that your mom works with the deaf!

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