I can’t remember if I have written this before, but in September I am going back to college to do an apprenticeship in customer service. Yesterday I started to learn how to get to Southampton City College.

When you are completely blind like I am, you may find navigating in unfamiliar areas or traveling to new places without practise is a very stressful situation. I am unable to just arrive at the college on my first day and instantly know where I must go or who I am meant to find.

Because of these challenges I must be forward thinking and organised. To be able to get myself to the college on time I must have mobility. Thank you in advance to the Southampton Sensory Services for their help and support with this. My route to college goes a bit like this:

  1. Get on the Blue Star bus from Winchester to the centre of Southampton.
  2. Walk from one bus stop to another including crossing a road that is frequently used by buses and taxies.
  3. Get on another bus to Chapple Road.
  4. Walk from here to Southampton City College.

This sounds easy, but I can assure you that if you live with sight loss this journey will be a big challenge, let alone navigating my way around the college buildings.

I am pleased I have started to learn the route as this has alleviated some of my anxieties.

Although I am becoming a student again I will still be working at Southampton Sight so please don’t worry – you will still get blogs from me. Sorry to disappoint! 🙂

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