UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success
November 10, 2013
Helen Keller was an extremely determined young lady. I chose her because I am amazed and inspired by the many achievements she accomplished throughout her lifetime. Her hard work and determination to become the woman she became is unfathomable. Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880. Tragically, before the age of two, she was struck with what was believed to be Scarlet Fever which left her deaf, blind, and mute. Keller’s parents took her to see Alexander Graham Bell, an inventor who was known for his work with the deaf. He saw a spark in Keller and recommended she go to Perkin’s School for the Blind. Soon, Keller was working with twenty-two year old, Anne Sullivan, who taught her a secret finger language. She then learned to use that secret finger language to communicate with her family. At the age of eight she learned to read and write using Braille and within months was attempting to write letters to her family. As Keller got older, her eagerness to learn led her to take on even more challenges. While enrolled at the Perkin’s School for the Blind, she was accused of plagiarism and had to fight to prove her innocence. She struggled and continued to fight for her education. She even took on foreign language in her studies. She then faced the challenge of taking an entrance exam to get into the university and while attending the university, she was able to write her first book. Finally, after graduating she began to write articles about her blindness. At the age of eleven, while studying at Perkin’s School for the Blind, Keller’s education nearly ended. In the winter of 1892, she was accused of plagiarism. As a result Keller had to undergo a lengthy investigation in which she swore she had never heard the story “The Frost Fairies” which was written a generation earlier. When Keller’s story, “The Frost King” was published in the annual report for...
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Stevenson, K. (2005). Helen Keller. Great Neck Publishing.
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