Acoustically challenged, but pick me anyway
Jenny Cwilewicz explains why, despite her deafness, she is certainly not disabled
- By: Jenny Cwilewicz
Remember that time-consuming torment, given a benign name, such as “personal statement,” on your university application form? At the time it seemed the be all and end all of your medical career. I recently received an email from a complete stranger, who was going through the same ordeal. She knew that her stamp collecting, passion for juggling, and masterful culinary skills should take pride of place in her statement, but she didn't know how she should introduce the subject of her deafness to prospective medical schools.
I too had pondered this for hours. It seemed inappropriate to wave it about like an England flag at a world cup match: it's not that big a part of my identity. But to say nothing might have risked interview panels looking curiously at my ears rather than listening to what I had to say. In the end I decided to state that no,