Article puts Blackburn student on career course

Raeesa Jaffer

Raeesa Jaffer

First published in Blackburn

A VISUALLY impaired Blackburn College student has landed her first job as a columnist.

Budding author Raeesa Jaffer, 17, has had her report of her family’s trip to Dubai published in the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s Insight magazine.

The Interactive Media student won a four-part column after entering a competition suggested to her by a tutor and jumping at the chance to get involved.

Raeesa said: “I was shocked when I found out I had won but really pleased.

“It’s really boosted my confidence and now I know what I want to do for my career. I can’t find the words to tell you how great it is, I’m speechless.

“My articles tell all about our holiday, where we went to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, went on desert safari and rode camels and quad bikes.

“I couldn’t drive the bike myself but I went on the back of one driven by my brother and it was great.”

Raeesa was born with nystagmus, a condition which causes her eyes to move involuntarily, impairing her vision.

She said: “It doesn’t hold me back, and when it has, I have found a way and got it done. I wear glasses, have magnifiers for reading and if it’s dark then I hold onto my sister and she guides me.

“The college have been really great about my condition and have provided me with all types of support, like software, a support assistant and weekly tutorials.”

A fan of both fiction and non-fiction, Raeesa is a keen reader and writer of action, adventure and fantasy stories.

“I love to read, if I like a book I’ll pick it up once I’ve finished it and read it again.”

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

Very brave and Good Luck.

Very brave and Good Luck. Sen sen c ble
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Oxy Moron says...

A coloumnist?
A coloumnist? Oxy Moron
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree