Blind UQ Psychology graduate leading the way
UQ Psychology graduate Jefferson Mac likes to joke that his orientation work with incoming students at the university is a case of “the blind leading the blind.”
But as much as the self-deprecating Mr Mac is quick to thank all who have helped him during his five years at UQ, he has undoubtedly been the one inspiring others.
Legally blind for the past 10 years, the Master of Clinical Psychology student has not only excelled in juggling a demanding academic schedule, he has also filled numerous support and volunteer roles on the side.
“When I was declared blind I had a stereotypical image of a bleak, limited outlook where not much was possible,” 2014 valedictorian Mr Mac said.
“Then I met a guy through Guide Dogs Queensland who had completed a Masters in Audio Engineering and was a qualified mechanic: there was no piece of technology he couldn’t fix.
“I resolved then that I would not be held back by circumstance.
“I wanted to do something with psychology, so I went for it, and was so thankful for the assistance I received along the way that I decided to help others.”
Beyond his coursework, Mr Mac has been a student leader, helped facilitate English-speaking classes for foreign students, provided information for first-years, and supported others with a disability.