Cassidy Hooper, a young woman from Charlotte, NC, was born without eyes or a nose due to an extremely rare congenital disorder, but she has not let her condition hold her back from anything she has ever set out to achieve.
The now 22 year old, used to take a bus alone, from Charlotte to Raleigh, to attend Governor Morehead School For the Blind every week. She also ran on her high school’s track team, worked as an usher at concerts and even volunteered at charities.
This past week, on Thursday, Cassidy Hooper graduated with a degree in Associates of Arts from Central Piedmont Community College, according to WBTV, a station that has been covering her story since she was only eleven years old.
Hooper has always lived by her motto, “I don’t need easy, I just need possible,” all through her childhood and teenage years and through a series of challenging times with reconstructive surgeries.
Now, like any other college graduate, Cassidy Hooper revealed that she is amazed at how fast her time at school went by.
Speaking to WBTV after walking across the stage at her graduation, Hooper said, “I got out there and I realized, wait a minute, this is actually happening? Am I dreaming or am I awake?! It just shocked me at how fast the time went!”
As she now moves forward to the next step in her life, Hopper said she is interested in radio broadcasting as well as worship ministry.
She also plans to keep studying toward a Bachelor’s degree very soon. As for this summer, she hopes to work at her high school in Raleigh.
Many congratulations to Cassidy Hooper, she truly is a beautiful person who is inspiring millions of people across the world.