“Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” - Roger Staubach
During my time as a volunteer and intern with
CNIB, I had the privilege of meeting many people who are blind or visually
However, one thing I observed is that people believe
science courses are too difficult for someone who is visually impaired. Personally,
I have never believed this. Maybe it was because my teachers in high school
never questioned my abilities, so I never questioned them myself. I find it difficult
to accept there are things I am incapable of doing. Call it my own stubbornness
or my desire to never let my vision loss define my abilities, regardless of the
reasoning, I stand by that belief.
I’m a firm believer in doing something you
enjoy. This is why I decided to complete a degree in Kinesiology, learning
about human movement. I learned human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
I’ve learned the muscles, ligaments, and bones of the human body. I can point
out and name them to you right now. I was taught how to assess dysfunctions in
the musculoskeletal system. I have learned how to complete ergonomic
assessments. All of these courses and task require a large visual component to
be completed. I have confidence and
competence to do these tasks.
The three things that contributed to my
success in studying science despite having vision loss are:
1. I was never afraid to advocate for what
would make me succeed in my degree.
2. I had professors and classmates who were
willing to help me in any way they could to succeed.
3. I knew where my limits were.
Many people may wonder how can someone who
refuses to question their abilities believe they have limits. It’s quite simple;
limits are not finite. Each day we break the limits that we believed existed
the day before. Medicine is always improving, computers are becoming faster,
and every day we push ourselves to the next accomplishment. Without knowing
where your limits are, it makes it impossible to be able to move past them.
Brandon Snow is currently a
Kinesiology student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He joined the National
Youth Council because it would be a good way to make a difference in the lives
of youth who are blind or partially sighted. Brandon wants to help make
programs and services that could be offered by CNIB to create a better life for
youth. Brandon recently received the Holly Award
from CNIB in St. Johns, Newfoundland. He says his main goal in life is to become a physician or to
get a Doctorate in a related field of study to my undergraduate degree. Brandon
also want to travel and volunteer as much as possible.