Blind for a Day
Written by: Jessie Sabin
Many people take for granted what they have, and never try to figure out what it would be like to walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes. However, Blythe Freshwater took up the challenge to try and learn what it would be like to be blind. She participated in an extra credit project for her Child and Adolescent Psychology class, where students can choose to live for a day with a physical disability. Most people would not even think of what a life with a disability would be like, but that did not stop Freshwater in her adventure on Friday, February 16. She was interviewed during her experience and showed great enthusiasm for what she had learned from the experience. With the aid of her friends and the determination to experience what it would be like to walk a day in another’s shoes, she learned a great deal. She spent the day blindfolded walking with a stick, so that she could feel her way around campus. In classes, she was not deterred from going up to the board to draw figures or from even just writing notes, despite the difficulties being blind added to that experience.