I am writing an essay in response to the above quote and what it means to me to qualify to win a $1,500 scholarship from MarvelOptics. Thank you for this opportunity and for the value you place on furthering one’s education.

 

MarvelOptics Scholarship Essay

Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” That reminds me of a similar quote by Stephen R. Covey, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” What does Helen Keller mean? After all, was she not lacking sight herself? Yes, and that is why she was wise and able to understand the meaning behind her words and the differences between sight and vision.

Sight is a physical attribution that involves anatomy and science whereas vision is a thought process. Vision is the action one takes to understand what he sees and respond to it in a personal way. Vision is calculating a thing, moment, or situation and responding at the right time, while sight is simply discerning.

Allow me to use a relatable example. A dreamer uses the function of their eyes, their sight, to picture their dreams of being a leader, an owner of a company. But as student loans stack up and life tends to bring other obstacles in the way, the dreamer can often lose their sight and stray from the path. A visionary however, pictures and plans in their mind. The visionary realizes he will find obstacles but his vision drives progress and solutions that sight alone would have deprived him of.

The meaning of Helen Keller’s words mean, to me, is that sight alone is narrow, unfocused, and unmotivated. It takes vision for us to truly see, to calculate, and succeed. Although being blind took away her opportunity for sight, it did not take away her opportunity for vision.

 

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