A new beginning at JCC

Hi, my name is Nick and I’m a new freshman living on campus here at JCC! I’m also blind, one of two blind students attending the college this year. I will be blogging regularly about my experiences with various activities and events as well as the campus in general. To start, I thought I would tell you a bit about myself.

Nick JCC

I am from Ripley and graduated in the spring of 2015 from Sherman Central School. I always knew JCC was where I wanted to start out my college education. It is close, affordable, and relatively small, all of which make it ideal for me. I am still able to go home on the weekends and keep up with old friendships while also getting the full college experience on campus.

My major is currently in Math/Science. I have wanted to be a meteorologist for most of my life, but now I have begun to reconsider that approach. (This is another great benefit of a community college such as this one!) I may possibly change my major to Communications or Psychology in order to find work in ministry or pastoral counseling. But we’ll see how that all works out.

The first two weeks have been a blur of excitement and emotions. Living away from home and the safe confines of my tiny high school has been tough to adjust to. That said, there is no where better for me to get my adult feet wet than here. It’s small enough to still have the supportive community feeling I loved about Sherman, but also large enough to expose me to so many new, diverse people and ideas. I have now started to get involved with some on-campus activities and make some friends. It’s going to be tough to move on to complete my major, as I know I will feel right at home here before long.

As for my blindness, the campus is very accessible and easy to navigate. The disability services are outstanding, and all my professors are more than willing to work with me and assist when needed. I surely won’t be coddled, but it is comforting to know I have the support of the JCC community behind me in anything I need or desire in this area. You’ll soon learn that I am not one to let a disability stand in my way. I like to be treated just the same as everyone else, and that includes academics, activities, and social interaction.

I’m so excited to be able to share with you about my time at Jamestown Community College. This is a great opportunity for me and it will be such a fun journey. I’m happy to have you along as I share about learning and living as a Jayhawk!

About the author

Nick Hlifka

Hi, my name is Nick, and I am a freshman at JCC. I previously attended Sherman Central School where I graduated in June. I am also blind, and I plan to blog about campus life and activities from a visually impaired person's perspective. It's easy to find information on what it is like to go to college, but the entire experience changes for a person without sight! I will share my experiences in residence living, campus activities, athletic events, and anything else that goes on!