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My Experiences in the TSBVI Summer Programs

By Sam Barnes, Student, Houston, Texas

My names is Sam Barnes, and I live with my parents, Theresa and Bill Barnes, in the Houston area. This fall I will be going into 9th grade at Cypress Creek High School.

I like video games, speech and debate, chess, computers, and photography. I am a Life Scout (the rank before Eagle) in the Boy Scouts of America. I plan to be a meteorologist after I get out of college. I have a lot to learn between now and then.

I have learned much by coming to the Introduction to Work program at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired during their summer school. I think learning to fill out an application for a job has really helped me. I now know more about how to get a job and how to survive in the work world.

Overall, this program has prepared me for work both in high school and later in life. I really enjoy the summer programs here. I apply every year.

I went on lots of trips both with the dorm residents after classes and during the school day. I also did a lot of cool stuff on campus. In 1994, I contributed a journal to a time capsule, which is now buried across from the main building. It contained things like what I wanted to be when I grew up and my favorite activities. Later, during the 1996 elementary summer program, I went to Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio. I had a lot of fun looking at all of the rock formations. I also did lots of art projects such as painting and drawing.

Now that I am in the Introduction to Work program, I am working in the Technology Services department. I am learning how to write websites. I am getting a lot out of this program.

After two years of regular school at TSBVI, as well as four years in various summer programs there, I can tell you that I gained knowledge by coming to TSBVI. I also have a lot of happy memories of my time in Austin.

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