University: Liberty University
Major(s): Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language with Teacher Licensure, with a minor in Linguistics
Desired Career: ESL Teacher and Professor of Linguistics
Hobbies: Reading, writing, music, and traveling
Favorite Things to Hear: Laughter, rain, music, and people’s voices
Words of Wisdom: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss
Abigail was born without a right ear, but growing up she refused to let her hearing loss define her.She would position herself on the right side of people in social situations and was initially able to get by, but when she began driving she realized she could no longer just sit on the right side of the vehicle and needed additional amplification, which was when she turned to the Baha system.
Abigail said she immediately noticed a substantial difference in sound quality and volume.
“For me, turning on my Baha system for the first time was like turning on a surround sound system. My Baha elevated the volume of sound around me, and it allowed me to hear the little sounds that I had previously not been able to hear,” she said. “My Baha System enables me to stay in tune with the world around me, and I am grateful to be able to turn it on every morning.”
In high school, Abigail was involved in elementary ESL tutoring, student government, marching band, and the National Honor Society. Now she is active in student leadership as a community group leader in her dorm at Liberty University.
She said her greatest inspiration comes from within her own family.
“My little brother inspires me because even though he has cerebral palsy, he defies all expectations and overcomes his limitations with joy,” she said. “His bright smile and contagious laugh light up the room, and everyone who knows him loves him and looks forward to spending time with him again.”
“Your greatest friends are the people who will link arms with you and fight through your battles with you. As a young girl I always believed that my friends would judge me based upon my hearing loss and missing ear, but as I have gotten older and been more open about my story, I’ve realized that my greatest friends are not concerned about me being ‘different.’”
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