Acceptance into GDB


I have been emailing Admissions back and forth about my Admissions Application and when they would know more. They emailed me on Monday saying that it would probably be towards the end of the week that they would know after my application went to the Admissions Committee. Well… what do you know? “Later that week” turned into TOMORROW. I’m so excited.

I received a call from the Admissions Coordinator who said I had been accepted for March 3-17 at the Oregon campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind. I didn’t want her to start booking plane tickets just yet because I wanted to make sure that this was alright with Mom and get my sister’s input. I value their opinion so much. I have the same Professor two nights in a row and she already granted me an excused absence to go for the one week and then the next week was Spring Break so I thought it worked out well. The Professor agreed. Mom said that was fine, sister said that was fine. They both wanted me to get the flight in the afternoon on the 3rd because the night before I will be at my cousin’s wedding in Austin. I will be flying out of Austin. Well, when the Admissions Coordinator called me back she said that that wouldn’t work because they have like a two hour block where they send the instructors to the airport to pick us up and that’s usually between 11 and 1, so I would have to be on a flight early in the morning. She will get back with me within a few days with my flight information.

Also within a few days she will send me via email all the lecture material I need to read prior to class and more information about getting to and from GDB in Oregon. Then after that, I should receive a packet in the mail with more specifics and information as well as luggage tags, etc.

I’m jumping up and down excited.

I decided to go with GDB because my gut instinct tells me to go there. I really feel that it is the right school for me and I feel like I was meant to go there. SO, I’m trusting that and going there!

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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.

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