Each year, South College organizes a writing contest to encourage students to explore their creativity outside the classroom. Faculty members choose the best fiction and non-fiction stories submitted by students to publish in “Expressions.”
For the fiction portion of the contest, Courtney Farley won first place with her story “Soundproofed.” Farley is a health science student at South College who wants to help overcome misconceptions about deafness and people who are perceived as different.
Her story is about a six year-old girl who faces daily challenges because of the way people treat her for being deaf. The conflict centers on the girl’s struggles as the people around her are trying to transition her into a public school with no deaf program.
“The unfortunate thing is not that she’s deaf, it’s that they’re not allowing her to accept that part of herself,” Farley said. “They are not allowing her to learn about the culture of deafness and the language of deaf people. In the end, what draws her back is not her disability, but how people have treated her.”
The writing contest was Farley’s first try at writing a fiction piece. She said she always wanted to share this story and help correct misconceptions about deafness, and the writing contest was the perfect opportunity to do so.
“I think it’s something all people can relate to,” she said. “We’ve all had to conform to something in one way or another, so to read a story about being different in your own sort of way – I think that touches a lot of people.”
Along with her fiction-writing abilities, Farley is an exceptional student at South College. She enjoys being a part of the school community and appreciates the benefits of it, particularly the small class sizes and quarter system.
“I like the quarter system because I feel like I can finish classes faster,” Farley said. “It’s short and it’s intimate, so your professors get to know you and you can get better recommendations from them.”
In the future, Courtney would like to further her studies in medical school with a focus in geriatric medicine. She also wants to inspire people with disabilities through her own hard work and success.
“I want to be a trailblazer for people who have deafness and want to show them ‘you can do this too,’” she said.
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