By Harmony Baker
From attending pre-school at what was called CASTLE (now the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC) to a university is a BIG blessing for me because I never thought I would be able to attend an university. The reasons why I had the kind of mindset of not attending was because I’ve always doubted myself. I had a counselor tell me to go to a community college and then transferring to a university because of my GPA. I even had classmates tell me that there was no way I could attend a university because of my disability. Being deaf is a challenge but it is also a blessing. Throughout my high school years I will say I did struggle, I was more of a B and C student. I did not always put my best effort into my work until my last year of high school. Being deaf is a struggle only if you make it a struggle. I am always grateful for who I am. Now that I am going to college I will not let my self down because of what people think of me. When I look back throughout my twelve years of school, one thing I regret is always caring what people thought of me in a negative way. I had more positive things I had in my life than the negative. One thing I’ve learned is the more positive you are about yourself the more happier you will become in life. I will have more self confidence in myself because that is the only way I will become successful.
Having any kind of disability isn’t bad, sad, or shameful. It’s called a blessing.
In The Fall I will be a member of the WildCat. Johnson and Wales University, Fashion Marketing Merchandising of Business. 🙂