Published in Inside - Volume XI, No.7
Sarah Joy Esposito, the student speaker at the evening convocation ceremony, says she thought graduation "would never come." But then, Esposito - who dual majored as a Reading Specialist and in the Teaching of American Sign Language- never thought she'd go to TC, either.
Esposito grew up on
Then, one morning seven years ago when she was a student at
Initially, she had less trouble coping with her hearing loss than with the stigma she felt surrounded it.
"I felt that deafness was something shameful, to be hidden," she says.
In time, through her own perseverance and educating herself and others, Esposito came to feel differently. And that, in essence, was her message to her audience at TC's convocation.
"If allowed education will result in the breaking and crushing of stereotypes," she says, "It will result in the destruction of erroneous perspectives. Education, if we allow it to, will cause us to break through the defenses we have built up around ourselves, to smash through the barriers that block us from moving forward and to see the beauty in the things we once thought ugly and shameful.
Thanks to education, Esposito concluded, she now sees the beauty in herself and in