Cranquis Mail x3: Changing your mind about pursuing med school

Three different readers (names withheld) asked similar questions about having a change of heart regarding their aspirations for med school. Their questions each have unique situations, and are laid out below the jump. But here’s my reply for all 3 of them:

Friend: You do you. Becoming a physician is not inherently “better” than becoming a physical therapist, an interpreter/psychologist for the deaf, or even completely leaving the world of healthcare and doing something else! Your desire and fascination for a particular job/career is what makes THAT a better choice for YOU. A “loss of interest” must always trump a “prior fascination” with a potential life-long career that has rigorous entrance requirements. There is absolutely no reason to slog on through the hell of medical education (studying, exams, rotations, residency… and all the financial/emotional debt involved!) just because of a Aspiration Inertia lingering from your past. And you are NOT a failure (to yourself or your family) for changing your mind – Life is change! Circumstances shift, interests shifts, and your personal evolution can cause you to eventually become “a better fit” for something different then what you were pursuing before.

Good luck to all of you.

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DeafDeafWorld was amazing! I had so much fun. DeafDeafWorld is where hearing and Deaf alike come together. Even if someone doesn’t know Sign language there is a “"school”“ for learners. You carry a “dictionary” around you need help. There were little ASL games, you could “fly to where ever you want and how ever you wanted”, candy, food but this is entirely in ASL. One of the coolest things I saw was the DeafBlind table. I never knew Braille so I got to learn how to spell my name! Also met a DeafBlind person :) ONE IMPORTANT RULE… NO USING YOUR VOICE!!! if you do you go to “jail” but the police are friendly… they let you out when you can spell your entire name in ASL. I met so many people and I cannot wait to come here for Fall! :) Deaf Community here is so sweet and wonderful ♡ Same with hearing, so many there and so many to learn ASL and engage with the Community!

I even got 2 new t shirts! One that says "I ♡ ASL” and another with the \|m| signs in the Centre (4 of them) in rainbow colour! (When I am not on mobile I’ll upload the two shirts. Phone doesn’t allow me to add more pictures. I get even more excited to come here and move! I am already in my place… but the fact that I already am making friends and engaging within the Deaf Community here is great :) I take pride in being Deaf and having sign language to communicate with :)

The university’s “Eyes on Shakespeare” exhibit will emphasize the rich visual content of the Bard’s work in October 2016.

“And as people around the world know, his genius translates into many languages — including sign language. Just because “the rest is silence,” doesn’t mean there’s nothing to say. In fact, sign language can illuminate a performance in special ways. Lindsey Snyder, a resident artist at Gallaudet and the director of access and inclusion at the Washington theater company Faction of Fools, says that American Sign Language (ASL) “goes beyond what a traditional physical theater approach can do. ASL can embody the text from the page down to the phonemic level. It has the capability of physically exploring the textual level.””

anonymous asked:

I just started learning ASL and was wondering what are some do's and don't's because I don't want to offend someone or generally be an asshole or miscommunicate something

I’ve messed up plenty. Mistakes happen. Just don’t do ridiculous stuff on purpose.


A couple learns a new language to welcome a new addition to their family. (Wells Fargo Bank)


Wells Fargo just released this touching ad showing two soon-to-be moms learning sign language as they prepare to adopt a little girl who’s deaf. There’s not just one kind of family, and slowly but surely, the world is starting to notice. 


Hey what’s up guys? So lame-opea and I have been getting requests to do more music videos together. It’s crazy because since our first video of us signing songs for the first time together, Ashley has gotten SO MUCH better at singing songs. She is profoundly deaf and it’s crazy because she sings this song better than people who can hear. This weeks video we did my current favorite song To Love - Talking Body (remix). Hope you guys enjoy this little clip.

PS - sorry for the camera shake, we were dancing so hard that the floor was shaking. Enjoy.

So, you want to know more about sign languages?

Wait, what? Sign languageS? I thought there was only one, universal sign language!

Nope! There are many different sign languages - usually every country with a deaf community has its own sign languages, sometimes even more than one.

Okay, so how many sign languages are there?

No, seriously, not even linguists know exactly how many sign languages exist. The estimation is that there are approximately 300 sign languages.  

In some countries, different signs are used in cities and in rural areas - but we don’t know if they are just dialects/variations of one language or two different sign languages. Some countries share one sign language. New sign languages emerge quite frequently (and some are dying out.)

But hey, linguists don’t know exactly how many spoken languages are there either. ;)

Why don’t you just create an universal sign language? Wouldn’t it be easier?

Why don’t you create an universal spoken language, hm? But we actually did create an universal sign language - it’s called International Signs! However, it’s not really a sign language, since it’s man-made, it’s just a comunication system. It’s mainly used during international meetings, conferences, etc. 

But majority of deaf people don’t know it - usually only those who often travel abroad do.

So, you said that every country has its own sign language - are they based on spoken language? 

Nope! Sign languages are very diffent from spoken languages. They have their own grammar, rules and idioms.

Also, they don’t follow the same “borders”, so to speak. English speaking countries, for example, don’t share one sign language - USA has American Sign Language/ASL, UK has British Sign Language/BSL, Australia has AUSLAN, etc. And those sign languages are very different… ASL is more similar to French Sign language than to BSL! 

What about fingerspelling/manual alphabet, that’s the same everywhere, right?

Wrong again! Actually, every country has it’s own sign language alphabet. Some are for one hand, some are for two hands. They really look different, so don’t count on using fingerspelling when you meet someone from a different country.

Some examples: 

(ASL, BSL, Czech Sign Language)

Also, don’t forget that lot of countries don’t use latin alphabet. For example China. Then the fingerspelling looks completely differently or doesn’t exist at all. :) 

Do sign languages have a written form? 

No, they don’t. But it’s not that rare - lot of spoken languages don’t have a written form either.

There are some notation system used for writing the signs down - for example Stokoe notation. They are mainly used by linguists or in dictionaries. Mostly because they are complicated, not easy to learn and use and it takes a lot of time to write one sign.

There is also SignWriting, which is probably the most well known system for writing in sign language. 

There is also ASLwrite, used for ASL.

Honestly, there are numerous systems to write signs down, but not one is widely used and nobody can agree on which system is the best. They are definitely not used on everyday basis by deaf people (with some exceptions).

Deaf people usually use written form of spoken language of their country for written communication.

(Stokoe notation/SignWriting)

How do you know all this?

Well, I am Hard of Hearing. But mostly I know this stuff because I study sign language linguistics at university. I can still be wrong, though, so if you don’t agree with something written in this post, send me an ask and we can discuss it. :)

If you have any more questions, please send me (slecnaztemnot) an ask, and I will do my best to answer it! :)


An adorable and informative time-lapse video of a baby/toddler learning ASL. You can see the child start out with cooing/babbling and then gradually produce more adult-like signs, just like children learning spoken languages make various cute errors and approximations as they learn to speak.