March 27, 2024

"You Don't Need Sight to Take Flight:" Turning Adversity into Opportunity at Empire State University

(ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 6, 2024) “You don’t need sight to take flight” are the words Chrystal Jones lives by each day. Despite losing her sight at 31 years old, she’s let nothing stop her from achieving her goals, including working full time and studying for her bachelor’s degree. 

“I already had a career working for the City of Buffalo and then one day, out of nowhere, I lost my sight,” Jones said. “You go through all the phases of grief until you get to acceptance. By June, I was able to beg the doctors, I have to get back to work.”

Jones graduated with an associate degree in accounting in May 2020 at Eastern Gateway Community College before enrolling at Empire State University to study business administration and pursue her goal of working in accounting. This May, she will walk the stage at the Empire State University commencement ceremony in Rochester.

“My dream is to be an accountant,” Jones said. “With the combination of an accounting degree, as well as a business administration degree, it is going to make me a powerhouse.”

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