Senior year!

Hi Blog world

Well, it’s here: my senior year of college! I was so excited to start my last year of college, but the day before classes started the school decided to shut down  for three days because of the Tropical Storm Isaac.  I wasn’t very board during those three days of school because my Feature Writing teacher told us to send him a sample of our writing, so I have been writing and reading away from that point.

Since, that small break from school, the school year has been in full force and there have been small problems that had to be conquered. For example, at my dorm, the internet has been very bad. So I have been in the library studying.  That’s why it’s taken me so long to blog! So sorry about that!

Because I am a senior, the focus of my classes this year is big projects. Projects that must be done off campus, and because of my disability that can be a problem – thank goodness for my chauffeur.  Oh well, like my Grandma S says, “It will all work out,”

Speaking of school, my white cane training has been going good. My last lesson was a blindfolded walk and I didn’t do as well as I wanted too. I have to conquer this skill and I will.

I also wanted my readers to know, we should have a Q and A session sometime. Just leave your questions or comments bellow.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Countdown to School

Hi Blog world,

Well, I’m getting excited because school is going to be starting soon, and I have already started counting down to the big day.  I can’t wait to see my friends again.

I have already started packing my dorm supplies.  I still have some more things to pack though before the big move in day. I have to get my books too.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Book Club News

Hi Blog world,

Well, I asked what you wanted to read about and you responded.  This past summer Jessica  and I have been reading a lot of books for our book club. The book club is fun. I have learned a lot.  Like new vocabulary words, and discussion questions.

We have read all different kinds of books.  Currently, we are reading a book called, “The Harvest of Grace” by Cindy Woodsmall.  We will be at the 21 books after we get done reading this book.   I am hoping that we get to 30 by Christmas. 🙂

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Compass directions…

Hi Blog world,

Yesterday, my teacher and I went downtown and we worked on compass directions, along with crossing streets, landmarks, and crowd travel.  I did well on my landmarks, crowd travel and crossing streets.  However, I am still learning the compass directions.  Since I have a good grip on the cardinal directions my teacher decided that I could start learning my sub cardinal directions.  This was very confusing to me at first but after practicing them I am getting a grip on this.

To make this lesson easier, we had our compass with us.  Sadly, “Bob the compass” was taken back to the store, and my teacher brought a new compass. The compass I joking named “R2D2” from the star wars movie, because the compass looked like that robot.

These compass directions will come in handy if someone gives me directions such as.  “The food store is at 123 East Street two blocks from the furniture store.”

Have any of you had to help someone who is visually impaired or blind by giving them compass directions? Tell me in the comments below. 

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Its Been a Year…White Cane Training

Hi Blog world,
Today, is a special day. It has been a year since I got my cane “Lucky.”  In a years time, I have learned many different skills, such as basic walking skills, compass directions, landmarks, ect.

Through all of these lessons and practice, I have gain more confidence and independence.  I would like to take this time to thank my family, friends, and of course my teacher for watching me succeed and grow.  I still have many more skills to learn before I graduate from the program, but I know it will be an adventurer.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene