Good for Her: Blind student’s inspiring story

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A local student isn’t letting her lack of sight get in the way for her vision for her future.

Kathryn Webster was born mostly blind, but a complication from the flu caused her to completely lose all sight a few years ago.

“It was kind of like, am I supposed to just give up, not do anything with my life because I have an obstacle. I mean, I think everyone has some sort of an obstacle,” Webster said.

Webster is studying statistical methods at Wake Forest University, a major that involves a lot of visuals, graphs and plots.

Dr. Rob Erhardt and Michael Shuman, both at the University, knew it was a unique challenge from the start. After a lot of research, they determined Webster needed to learn LaTex, a complicated string of computer code that is essentially the way math is written on a computer. She nailed it in just a few weeks’ time.

Erhardt says, “As soon as she started coming in, she was like yes, got that. Next. Not a problem, not a problem. That was a huge sigh of relief for us.”

“I never thought of it as something to ruin my life, take me down. Since math is my passion, I wasn’t going to let it go. I think it’s very important to not get discouraged and know you can make it happen,” Webster says.

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