Georgia

Georgia’s I Can campaign poster shows a large image of her smiling, sitting in her wheelchair. The tag line reads ‘I Can climb mountains’ and there is a quote from her which reads “I don’t let my disabilities hold me back, I can overcome any obstacle"

Georgia completed her studies at RNC in 2014.

 

Georgia was part of our national I Can campaign; changing people’s perception of visual impairment and focussing on what our students can do, not what they can’t.

 

I Can climb mountains

I’m Georgia, I’m 19 and I’m from Hereford. At RNC I am studying BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Studies and NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration. I have an eye condition known as Nystagmus. I also have Cerebral Palsy and am a wheelchair user.

Background

I was at a mainstream secondary school and thinking about what to do next when my careers advisor mentioned RNC.  I hadn’t thought about going to a specialist college before, but knew I wanted to continue my education. Even though I live in Hereford and knew of the College, I thought that people had to be completely blind to attend.

 

Life at RNC

It’s so different here and I’m learning how to be independent.  In school I always had a support assistant, following me to every lesson.  Here, I have learnt how to do things myself and don’t need anyone anymore.  It’s great having the independence to do the things I want, when I want. It sounds silly but one of the biggest things for me has been learning to make simple dishes, like beans on toast. I’m working hard to live as independently as possible and it feels great.

My niece and nephew think my wheelchair is a novelty, but because they see me doing everything for myself, they tell me that they want to be like me.

I’ve achieved my bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. At school I was always told would be very difficult for me to get, but I’ve done it here. Doing the Duke of Edinburgh has given me loads more confidence.  It’s a great way to have fun with your friends and challenge yourself to do something you never thought would be possible. I camped for the first time, learnt to cook outdoors, volunteered in a school and did boxercise. I’m the only person I know that can get a sore throat from doing a sponsored silence!

I’m so glad the opportunity to do Duke of Edinburgh came to me. I’ve proved to people ‘I can’. I proved it to myself, even. I knew I could do it; it was just having the right help in place to do so.

 

There are so many other activities I’ve tried at RNC, which I never thought would have been possible. I loved archery so much I have signed up for another set of sessions on it and I also enjoy horse riding at RNC, things which I didn’t consider exploring before.

The best thing about RNC is the understanding and togetherness, from both staff and students. Everyone supports each other.  I’m constantly improving and gaining new skills.  My Maths and English have improved a lot and I really enjoy Business Studies.  I am able to put my Business Studies course into practice with real work experience every week. I love working on the reception desk and meeting new people when they walk in.

 

Find out what you can achieve at RNC by giving us a call on 01432 376 621 or you can emailinfo@rnc.ac.uk