On a campus that hums with noise, Luke Bundrum speaks with softness.
“It’s difficult when I can’t understand or know what’s going on,” says the first-year student at the University of Georgia.
It’s not his choice. Bundrum was born legally deaf. He can hear, with an aid, roughly half of the noise around him. He also requires an interpreter.
“To have all the people around you know no signs, it’s a challenge because they can’t communicate," he said.
It is, in many ways, a barrier. But a few fellow Bulldogs decided to try to remove that barrier.
Bundrum and several classmates made a sign language music video of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”.
“ASL is a visual language," he said. "Signing a song is a good visual way to see language.”
On a campus of more than 36,000, only 49 are hearing-impaired. Bundrum is the only one who appeared in the video. Everyone else aimed to show support, including its creator, Haley Beach, and fellow students John Stephenson and Kenneth Brock.
“It opened up my life,” said Bundrum. "I have a group of friends that I know I can have fun with. I don’t have to be alone or isolated.”