August 11th!
That’s the day. The day that I walk across the stage. Now, to me, it doesn’t feel like a huge “victory,” because I have 18 days vacation before Grad School starts. However, I will always and forever have that Bachelor’s degree to my name and that’s a great thing.

I have had a lot of difficulty with various things over the past 4 years.. but I have made it through. My amazing family and some of great friends are to thank for that. Through two really bad relationships, Greg has been there. We hung out freshman year and we still hang out to this day. He is also the one that I have posted about calling my cane “classy.” Greg couldn’t care less that I have a vision impairment, but still knows about it and helps me. He is such a sweetheart and truly a blessing. I have had my fair share of medical battles too, both with vision related things and otherwise. I have gotten through them and I am now relatively healthy. Once again, I am blessed.

We have a lot of family coming into town for my graduation so we are spending a lot of time getting ready and coming up with plans. One recurring thought in my mind isn’t about the good food that we’ll have, having all my family at the ceremony, etc. Nope.. it’s about those 5 seconds or so that I’ll cross the stage.

Will the light be too bright and I’ll look like a dork? Will I miss something on the stage and trip? Will I not see the President or Dean’s hand to shake it? I don’t want to use my cane for this endeavor, but part of me feels like I should. All of these things keep running through my mind. I’m going to hopefully go behind Amanda so I can watch her cross the stage. There shouldn’t be any real obstacles because we have many individuals with different disabilities.. but I still worry.

Can’t wait… 5 days until I walk the stage. Woot!



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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on “Graduation!!”

  1. Congratulations Jessica! Good luck with grad school! Anxious to read more of your journey. By the way, I tried to read your post from today about when you were undiagnosed but only saw one sentence. I was able to read this whole post, so not sure if it’s a vision-thing or what?!

    1. Jenelle, Thank you for your comment and I’m sorry for the late response. Things have been pretty chaotic these pas few weeks. Actually, I’m about to write a blog post about it.. I’m not sure why but WordPress did something wacky with my blogs and I have to go figure out how to fix it. Thanks!!

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