First-Year Orientation and Mobility Student: Kymberly Hilton
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First-Year Orientation and Mobility Student: Kymberly Hilton

Kymberly Hilton selfieI have been wanting to become an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) specialist for the longest time, and finally took the leap of faith to enroll at Salus University this spring! 

As a person with Oculocutaneous Albinism, I once was a client of The Commission for the Blind and worked with an O&M specialist who taught me the proper, and safest ways to independently travel as a person who was legally blind. As a person who is also legally blind, I have always wanted to give back to the blind community, and I know that my calling to do this is through O&M. 

Earlier in my academic career, I worked with a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). After seeing how passionate I was about advocating for independence for the blind, she suggested the O&M program here at Salus University. Additionally, she informed me about the scholarship and encouraged me to apply for both. To be honest it didn’t take much persuading, I knew this was exactly what I wanted, and so, I jumped at the opportunity. 

With great honor and humility, I accepted the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) scholarship, which aims to increase diversity among O&M and TVI professionals by supporting students who are multilingual and/or come from traditionally underrepresented groups in our fields. 

Here is what my typical day looks like: 

As a single mother of three, I start my day off at the break of dawn, waking at 5:30 every day. After getting my children ready, and grabbing a quick cup of coffee, we are off to school.

Kymberly and her children group photoAfter dropping the kids off, I take the next hour to ready myself for work, and by 9 a.m., I am ready to start my workday. 

Currently, I work from home. During one of my two breaks, I will have a quick bite to eat, and during my lunch, I usually will look over course modules, assignments, or any other tasks that need to be done for the week. 

At 5 p.m., my workday ends. My children have afterschool extracurriculars that end by 5:30, which gives me enough time to take a quick breather and pick them up for the day.

Once we arrive home, and after a quick snack, the children begin their homework, while I start on dinner, helping with any work as needed.

By 8 p.m., we have eaten, schoolwork and showers have been completed, and it’s time for the children to have a little down time before bed. During this time, I will work on any schoolwork, assignments, or course modules that have not been completed.

By 10:30 p.m., I am done for the evening, and start my nightly cool down routine. 

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