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Sarah K.

Hi, my name is Sarah K.!

I’m an 18 year old high school senior from New Jersey. In less than two weeks, I will graduate and will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall to study physics. Though I have enjoyed high school a great deal, I cannot wait to move on to bigger and better things!

Throughout high school, I have never found my vision to be a significant barrier in achieving either my academic or extracurricular goals. Some of my favorite classes have included chemistry, calculus, and physics (clearly, I tend to be a bit of a science nerd). I also love to read, particularly science fiction and fantasy, and some of my favorite novels include Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Outside of school, I have participated in a variety of rewarding and interesting activities. I am the Student Producer of my school’s theater club, a position for which I organize sales and advertising, design costumes, and lead the production team, among other duties. I am also a volunteer peer mentor for the Miracle Project, a program that offers acting classes to students with autism and related conditions. Outside of theater, I am the co-president of my school’s Science Olympiad team, a group that competes regionally in events to test our knowledge of various scientific disciplines. I tutor other high school students in physics, chemistry, and biology and am a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies at my school.

There is no reason for any disability, including albinism and visual impairment, to hamper anyone’s ability to succeed, particularly in today’s modern world of iPads and screen readers and a myriad of other wonderful assistive technologies. I was fortunate enough to start participating in NOAH events when I was young, and I have met some of my closest friends through the organization. I look forward to seeing my friends—old and new—at upcoming camps and conferences. NOAH has given me a wonderful support network and made me more comfortable with myself and my vision, and for that I am grateful.