should see me skiing. I’m wonderful! But everybody is always
yelling at me: ‘What’s the matter? Are you blind or
SMC is a
world of access, where doors are thrown open to every type of
future and accomplishment possible. We take our voyages—between
classrooms or onward to the university—in a headlong rush to make
progress in our lives. And we take for granted the speed with
which it all happens. But for Terry Prickett, the walk from the
Center for Students with Disabilities over to Admissions was a
remarkable voyage in itself. It took place recently, one small
step at a time, but she made it. Another segment successfully
navigated on the long road back.
years ago we got hit head-on by a truck on our way to go waterskiing,”
recalls Terry. “My boyfriend and my ten-year-old sister were
killed, and I’m still moving slowly. But I’m tough and
I always make it to where I’m going.” Terry’s current
goal is “to get stronger and healthier. And I love being
at SMC. It’s wonderful to be a student again, and my mind
and my body respond to this place.” With her severe injuries
and loss of vision, a short campus walk is a challenge for Terry.
But she’s found a lot of help at SMC.
pumping iron now in the physical rehab program, and those muscles
are building back up. So watch out!” she says with a laugh.
“When I first came to the program, Dr. Reese told me, ‘Terry,
I’ve got just the right kind of training for you.’ And
he did! Everything I’m doing here now just feels so right.”
Terry still snow-skis with reckless abandon—“It beats
walking,” she says—plays piano especially written for
one hand, and is working up a new approach to re-entering academic
studies. “But I don’t feel like what I’m doing
is ‘coming back,’” she says. “Everything I’m
doing now is all ‘going forward.’”