Hi Blog world,
Well, after a long weekend and an extra twenty-four hours of waiting I got the news I wanted I passed my math class and I am now a graduate of the local state college! I did it! Wow! Where has the time gone? I have grown so much in the last three years. I remember my first day at the college like most freshmen I was excited to be doing something after months of summer vacation, however, I was scared about being in this new “World” and I really wanted to go home. I have now gotten over that rush of wanting to go home right away. I have also made many friends. During this time, I have also met my best friend, we have grown very close in our friendship and I know that our friendship will grow ever closer as I move on with my education at the local university.
My hardest difficulty is with my math, I have had many setbacks with it, and however, I am better with it than I first started when I was a freshman. I can’t thank the teachers and the tutors in the math lab enough for working so hard with me even when I felt down about learning my hardest subject. Thank you!
My spelling and grammar has also been a struggle for me. I had to take writing prep writing my freshmen year, and with lots of practice and the dedication of my teachers, I was able to pass my College Placement Exam and I was able to move on to college credit classes my second term. One of the goals I had during my time at the state college was to get something published in the school newspaper, and I went over the top of that goal, I had more articles published than I ever thought I would. I also got the chance of educating the public about what it is like to be legally blind and what it means to be safe when walking with a white cane.
During my freshmen and sophomore year, I also attended a local learning center for the blind and visually impaired where I learned how to use my computer including programs: ZoomText and Kurzweil 3000. I also sharpen my typing skills and learned how to use my digital tape recorder.
In the kitchen, I regained confidence in my cooking and stove use. I have also learned how to manage a home, through learning organization skills, banking skills, and I even got to learn about my future job by talking to some professional reporters at the local newspaper.
I also got to meet some guide dogs and I have learned that a blind person can really be independent, and they also have a constant companion: a friend for life.
I have also started learning Braille, I still am not a fluent reader yet, but I know that in the next two years I will be getting better at it.
In my spare time I have also learned how to take care of an aquarium; and I have learned a lot about fish.
Through all these little things, I have been gaining more confidence and independence. I am not sure of what the next two years of my life will obtain or what goals I will achieve but I do know that it’s going to be an adventure!