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Sabina Shysh ’19 & G-’21

Belarus and Arizona
If you are considering Gallaudet University, take it from Sabina: “It will be the best decision you ever made, being part of a community that cares about your success.”

Finding a college, finding a community

Originally, Sabina had her heart set on attending a different school. At her mother’s encouragement, she attended a Summer Youth Camp at Gallaudet, and immediately knew that she would end up at Gallaudet for her college and athletic career. Sabina came to Gallaudet from a small school in Arizona and felt welcome from the moment she set foot on campus, seeing the “Welcome to Gallaudet” banner. She found a community in athletics, playing basketball, and still does through coaching the women’s basketball and soccer teams.

#IAmGallaudet Stories

Explore the stories of a variety of members of our Gallaudet community.

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Payton DeGraw

As a Cued Speech user, Payton felt welcomed at Gallaudet, the bilingual university for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The #IAmGallaudet campaign is part of The Gallaudet Promise, our ten-year vision to share the story from many different angles and show that there are many different ways to be deaf. These stories are moving, insightful, and often triumphant. These also reflect the importance of the space Gallaudet has offered to nurture the growth of a broad range of successful members of the deaf, hard of hearing, and signing community.