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Legally Blind Student Dreams of Becoming a Veterinarian - Defies Odds and Gets Accepted Into University
Legally Blind Student Defies the Odds and Enters Veterinarian School
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Legally Blind Student Dreams of Becoming a Veterinarian - Defies Odds and Gets Accepted Into University

This student proves anything is possible.

Dreams are important, but they can also be complicated. Even if we’ve discovered our dreams and are taking steps to make them a reality, there are plenty of obstacles that can get in the way.

Sometimes, those obstacles are a matter of circumstance, like financial reasons, proximity, or talent. But it’s important to remember that we’re not all born with the same deck of cards in life. Some people have physical, mental, or emotional circumstances they also have to navigate.


Realizing your dreams is possible though, as this heartwarming story proves.

An Aspiring Vet

young woman with a dog

Faith Snapp is a legally blind 22-year-old who grew up in Texas dreaming of becoming a veterinarian. “My entire life, my family has raised horses and goats for as long as I can remember,” she explained to Fox News. “I always loved animals.”

However, Snapp and her twin brother were born prematurely and with very limited vision. Today, Snapp can only detect motion with her right eye, while her left eye can make out shapes, colors, and large prints. The publication reports that she’s always had trouble seeing far distances and has less than 10% field vision.

As a result, Snapp has had a guide dog since high school. Still, she never let her sight impairment stop her from pursuing her love of animals. She joined several clubs in high school and worked at local animal clinics.

“I just needed to find the people and the accommodations and the places that would be willing to help me,” she explained.

“That was a little bit challenging because I think oftentimes people place limitations on somebody with a disability because they assume that they are limited. But in my mind, the only limitation I have is if I think I can't do it.”

Realizing Her Dream

It may have been challenging to find others who could help Snapp on her journey, but in the end, she never gave up and found the support she needed. Earlier this year all of Snapp’s hard work and commitment paid off when she was accepted into the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine.

"His plan is far greater than mine and I am so thankful to have an opportunity like this to continue to grow and love others along my journey!" Snapp wrote in a Facebook post. "I also want to thank my family and friends who have supported me and pushed me to work hard to chase my dreams."

Snapp begins her classes in August and hopes that through them, she can continue on her path to becoming a mixed-animal veterinarian. In that role, she would be able to work with both large and small animals.

“No matter who you are or what your circumstances… anything is possible,” she said. “I just hope my story can help others realize that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”

Follow Your Dreams

One of the hardest things in life can be finding your purpose or realizing what it is you want to do with your life. That’s why, when you do find your dream, you should pursue it. After all, this is your life and you get to choose how you live it.

That doesn’t mean following your dream will be easy, but as Snapp’s story proves, it is possible. Make a plan, figure out which obstacles you may need to overcome, and surround yourself with people who will support you on your journey.

While you’re at it, do your best to support other people on their dream fulfillment quests. After all, we only get one shot at this thing called life, so why not lift each other up and help one another find purpose, too?

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