So far, the most difficult and frustrating part of the beginning of my In-Depth project is finding an ASL mentor. First, I attempted contacting college and university professors if they had any students who could help, but after no e-mail reply, I deemed it a dead-end. Then I checked online courses, but the price and wait lists were making this option more and more unlikely. Next, I attempted contacting some teachers in my school, but they were busy and had no time to meet with me to discuss any possibilities. Lastly, I finally tried contacting the person that is now my mentor, and luckily, I was able to contact a SFU Student, Tori Kazemir, and she will be my mentor. She is not deaf, nor blind, so she will simply be there to provide resources, insight, assist with practice, and improve the skills I will learn.
Because of the headache of trying to find a mentor, I haven’t had much to begin finding sources and resources to begin research. This has set me back a bit, but I’m sure I will be able to work hard with the motivation I have for ASL as a language. On the other hand, I have been receiving ASL content in my social media feed, and my mentor Tori has sent me an e-mail with helpful resources that I plan to review and take note of over the course of this week until my meeting with her on Saturday, February 6th. My mentor Tori and I haven’t disagreed on anything. We both agree on the trajectory of how I will be learning ASL. She will simply be guiding me, rather than leading me on this path, which I prefer. I can go to her anytime I need to, but most of the learning is left up to me and considering that’s what In-Depth is all about, I look forward to that. I see no need to prove myself over her, I actually look up to her as a mentor. In the grand scheme of things, I think we will get along more than fine.
Some of the references my mentor mentioned: