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'Challenge Became a Triumph' for Blind Student Graduating from CCC


A 39-year-old student whose loss of vision changed her career goal from hairdresser to radio personality will receive her associate degree as a member of the Class of 2014 during Camden County College’s 46th commencement exercises on May 17. Graduating in the 10 a.m. ceremony, which is expected to draw 5,000 spectators, will be Robin Hester of Cherry Hill.
Hester, a communications major who completed her CCC studies with a 3.0 grade-point average, began working toward her degree in 2011. She hadn’t been in a classroom since high school and had lost her vision at age 24.
“After I lost my eyesight, I could not do the job I was doing before and going to school to do hair like I had once hoped went out the window,” Hester recalls. “Then I said, ‘Well, maybe I can do this communications thing.’ I was still worried because it had been about 20 years since I had been in a classroom setting, but I decided I needed a change in career and went for it.”
Her early days at Camden County College, she says, were difficult. The obstacles she faced made her consider giving up.
“When I started, that thought crossed my mind because the first semester was so overwhelming,” Hester says. “But every time giving up would come into my head, I just pushed myself further. Then, after a while, the challenge became a triumph.”
Hester has worn many hats at CCC. In addition to her communications studies, she was active in the Sold Out Christian Fellowship and hosted a program on campus radio station WDBK 91.5 FM. Her show, “The Inspirational Hour with the Song Bird,” broadcasts every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon.
She also served as a Student Government Association vice president for the 2013-14 term and helped run the College’s coat drive last fall. In addition, Hester played a vital role in publicizing and organizing CCC’s Martin Luther King Day activities.
Hester is transferring to Rowan University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communications and hopes to one day host her own radio show on a major network. While at Rowan, she hopes to continue her affiliation with CCC by serving as the College’s alumni trustee. She will find out Saturday if her campaign for this position was successful.

Published: May 14, 2014