University: Brigham Young University
Major: Undeclared, but planning to major in Construction and Facilities Management
Desired Career: Architect
Hobbies: Playing soccer, drawing, doing watercolor painting, and reading
Favorite Things to Hear: Music and laughter
Words of Wisdom: “No matter what situation you are in, there’s always someone going through something more difficult. Never think that you are alone. We all are going through our own trials. Please, please never give up. Know that if you persevere, you can overcome anything.”
Shani was born with severe to profound bilateral hearing loss. When she began elementary school, her family began considering the different treatment options, and she received a Cochlear Implant when she was 7 years old.
Shani said she is grateful that having a Cochlear Implant allows her to communicate with others and succeed in the classroom.
“My Cochlear Implant has helped me to have the life I always wanted to have and it was the best gift I could ever have!” she said. “Before my Cochlear Implant, with my hearing aids, I could not hear anything besides loud low sounds. With my Cochlear Implant, I can now hear everything.”
In 2010, when Shani and her cousin explored Washington, D.C., she was amazed with the architecture and said the visit inspired her decision to pursue a career as an architect.
“My biggest goal is to design structures so profound that they will be seen for many generations and viewed in similar awe as the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum,” she said.
Shani said her faith in God is her inspiration to keep on going, and she would like to be known by her perseverance.
“Being deaf and different is not limiting. It enhances the type of life you have. It gives you the challenges, perspectives, and life experiences that many others will never have. You should feel quite special. You are one of the few. You are not ordinary. Especially with a Cochlear Implant, you are capable of many great things. You just have to do one thing: never give up, no matter what trials come your way.”
To learn more or apply for a Cochlear scholarship, visit www.Cochlear.com/US/Scholarship.