Walking In Her Purpose: Meet Sign Language Student Samaria Smith Who Created ‘Signin’ With Sammy’ To Advocate For The Deaf and Train Future Interpreters
Samaria Smith has had a secret love for sign language since she was only in elementary school. Although, its been over a decade, Smith never let that love slip away!
“I eventually took two years of sign language while a student at Sam Houston University, and a few months ago I decided to take it seriously,” Smith said.
The Sam Houston graduate explained that she used to dream about sign language and get signs from God almost everyday and suppressed the idea of becoming an interpreter for years because she was afraid.
“I am walking in my purpose now and it feels good,” she said proudly.
She is now attending American Sign Language Interpreting School. Though she is still a student, she has become a teacher to many already via her new YouTube channel, #SigninWithSammy.
One afternoon Smith posted a video of her signing during class on Facebook and a ton of her followers showed interest! The Facebook video received more than 7K views.
“I did not think my video would take off like it did,” she said. “Everyone has been asking me about my channel.”
The future interpreter says that because so many people have given her encouraging words that it is only pushing her to learn more, work harder and share what she learns with everyone else.
No surprise at all, one of her biggest supporters is her loving mother, Corlette Hill, who says she is looking forward to the tutorial videos and is such a proud mom!
Her very first video is excellent for sign language beginners and a refresher for past students who may have taken some sign language in school, but need a quick recap!
One of Smith’s social media followers, Gwendolyn Davenport, can attest to the need of a recap and is also looking forward to following #SigninWithSammy because she says that she had deaf employees and learned to sign but has forgotten most of it because she didn’t use it after she retired.
As for the newbees, another one of her supporters who is eager about the channel is, Ashley Graham.
“I’ve always wanted to learn, so this is great,” she said.
In Smith’s first promo video, she teaches how to correctly sign the ASL alphabet, colors and numbers. She got a chance to release her video at a very special time, during National Deaf Awareness Month, which is held in September.
After becoming more comfortable Smith will begin to have even more fun with ASL and sign popular hit songs and find other ways to interact with those who follow through her YouTube channel.
Signing videos and music has actually become extremely popular after artist, Young Thug had an interpreter signing during his music video for his single ‘Anybody’ featuring Nicki Minaj. Signing within music video allows individuals whom are deaf to also be able to enjoy the lyrics and content.
This video specifically meant a lot to the rapper because one of the reasons it was created was to support his brother who is deaf and mute. The initiative was to honor those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Smith says her overall goal in creating #SigninWithSammy is to simply impact the world through ASL.
A friend of Smith’s Kyssemee Bradley said, “I remember when you got in your first ASL class you’d be in the LSC just practicing, always just trying to learn.”
Smith enjoys watching and has gained much inspiration from other ASL signers like YouTuber, Angelica Torres, Peyton’s World ASL and Disney Interpreters, where she hopes to one-day have the opportunity to work.
She signed a children’s story in class the other day for the first time and was super nervous, but says she ended up doing quite well.
” I am very proud of you,” said Demetria Wright. “I am going to watch your channel, so I can learn as well.”
Corey Simmons seconds that and says,”You’re awesome, this is the kind of content that we need today.”
Here is Smith’s first sign language promo video shot by Jazmine Yearby. Check it out!
Smith hopes that her continued learning journey and enthusiasm for sign language continues to spark the interest in a lot of her friends, family, social media supporters and people from all around the world.
“Samaria, I’m practicing my ASL colors and ABC’s tonight,” said Keke Lacy. “I’ll be ready for a quiz later in the week.”
Would you like to learn ASL with Samaria?Yes? Well, be sure to stay tuned and subscribe for more informative and inspiring signing tutorial videos with #SigninWithSammy!
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“When God puts something on your heart and mind, DON’T ignore it!” – Samaria Smith –
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