Deafness has been a prominent factor in my family. Growing up, my aunt was bilaterally deaf and therefore, I was exposed to the struggles of communication that individuals who are part of the deaf/ hard of hearing population experience every day. It was not until the summer of 2018 when I took an American Sign Language class that I discovered my true passion for wanting to work with the deaf/hard of hearing population. Through the process of immersing myself and learning about the culture of the deaf/hard of hearing population by taking an ASL class, I soon discovered my interest in aiding successful communication between the hearing and deaf/hard of hearing populations.
I chose to attend Fontbonne because of the IPEI grant. After learning about the incredible opportunities that I would be exposed to and the work that I would be doing after graduation because of the IPEI grant, choosing to attend Fontbonne University was a perfect choice. I have been incredibly blessed to have been chosen to be apart of the IPEI grant and to meet the most caring and educated professors and cohort members along the way.
Blechle, Morganne, "Morganne Blechle" (2019). IPEI: 2019 Scholars. 12.