Video: Charlotte’s seeing stars
At RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) every student is treated as an individual because each student has different interests, experiences and ambitions. Performing Arts student Charlotte Milburn, 17 from County Durham, stars in the latest RNC video where she proves that a visual impairment won’t stop her from reaching her stars! (You can watch the video at the bottom of this article).
The theme of the video centres around Charlotte’s passion for dancing, which she has been doing for the past 10 years, and she says “It was an honour to be asked to feature in the video and especially doing something that I love! If I’m stressed about exams or whatever, I can just forget about everything when I’m dancing and just get lost in the music.”
Now in her second year, Charlotte, who studies Performing Arts alongside A Level Psychology and A Level Maths, feels prepared for her life after RNC. “I knew that mainstream just wasn’t the place for me, but here I can access the work that I need with no problems. I also think that because we have all of these ILS lessons (Independent Living Skills) we become so independent because we’re actually using these skills every day as we’re living away from home. It’s such good prep for me because I’m going on to uni in September.”
Charlotte, who is Chair of the Student Representative Group, explains “If you go to a mainstream college, you see your friends for the day and then you go home whereas here, because you live together in halls, you create this special bond. Obviously all of the students are here to study but we all have a really good social life and we all become close friends. I know that I’ve made lifelong friends here.”
Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC
Watch Charlotte’s video;
- The screen starts off pitch black with Charlotte saying “Just because you can’t see the stars, doesn’t mean you can’t reach for them.”
- The spotlights around a mirror in a dressing room light up and Charlotte can be seen in the mirror putting on her make up.
- Charlotte is sitting on the floor of the performance studio, putting her hair up.
- Charlotte says “One of the best things about coming to RNC is the friends that I have made.” In the background Charlotte is walking through an orchard with her friend Lorren and they are laughing together.
- Scene shows Charlotte, dressed in dance clothes with her hair and make up done in the dance studio.
- Charlotte says “If I hadn’t have come here I think I would have really struggled in mainstream education.” In the background Charlotte is with Maths teacher Albert Pitcher as they do an experiment about velocity and Charlotte is using a stop watch.
- Charlotte says “I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without RNC.” In the background Charlotte is in the performance studio, the music picks up getting quicker and more upbeat as Charlotte performs a dance routine with a pink ribbon.
- Charlotte finishes her routine, she is slightly breathless and stands smiling at the camera, her voice over says “To reach your stars, visit rnc.ac.uk” as the logo for the Royal National College for the Blind appears on the screen.