by Ryan Strunk
Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." His statement certainly demonstrates why NABS has had such excellent advances in the past several months. There are few people in this world busier than the average student, yet even with class schedules, community involvement, campus activities, active social lives, and meaningful participation in our local chapters and state affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind, you all have found the time and dedication to make NABS grow exponentially. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and your belief in this organization.
In the following pages you will read about the lives and experiences of some of our young leaders in the National Federation of the Blind. You will learn about how they stand up to discrimination, how they participate in regular college activities, and how they spread the message and philosophy of the National Federation of the Blind.
This issue of the Student Slate would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of a few extremely talented people, and it is only right that they be recognized for their efforts. First, I must offer my deepest thanks to Allison Hilliker, our second vice president, for her work in compiling the articles you will read in this issue. As I have written above, all of us as students are extremely busy, and finding students who can take time from their hectic schedules to write articles for this publication is a rare talent indeed. This Slate would certainly not have come into being without Allison’s help, and I offer my deepest appreciation and sincerest thanks for her work. In addition, credit is due to Allison and Joe Orozco for their initial editing of the Slate.
I also wish to express my gratitude to the new editors of the Student Slate, Martha Harris and Laura Wolk, both leaders in our Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students and active members of the National Federation of the Blind. These two have spent considerable time editing and re-editing this publication, and I think our readers will be pleased with the result. Again I thank them for their hard work and look forward to great things from them in the future.
It has been a tremendous year for the National Association of Blind Students. We have seen the successful revitalization of student divisions in Illinois, Colorado, and New Jersey and are pleased to welcome the New Hampshire Association of Blind Students as the newest member of our student family. I know that you will all join me in sharing the spirit of our movement with them and that you will bring them into your lives and hearts as members of our Federation.
With the New Year upon us, we are ready to break new ground. We will tear down old barriers and build new bridges. We will devise new techniques and explore new frontiers. We will build our knowledge and increase our experiences—and in the end, we will continue to share our wisdom and philosophy and will do it all with the passionate spirit of the National Federation of the Blind. I thank you for everything you have done, and I thank you for everything you will do in the coming year.
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