Story by Sarah Sabatke
Sarahbella Bubbers toured several campuses during her college search. She wanted a big student body with lots of school spirit, a place that felt vibrant and exciting. As she walked around Mizzou’s campus, she thought she’d found that place. But, as with all the other schools she’d looked at, she had one more question to ask: Did they offer the disability services she needed?
“The person at the MU Disability Center is one of the strong reasons why I came here,” says Bubbers, now a senior in communication and psychology in the College of Arts and Science.
Bubbers has low vision and night blindness. She has used the Disability Center throughout her time at Mizzou to get large-print textbooks and other necessary accommodations that remove barriers to her full participation in class and campus life.
She has made the most of her opportunities on campus. In addition to joining the Alpha Phi sorority, Bubbers has been an Involvement Ambassador, a member of a Columbia nonprofit called Puppies With Purpose and an executive member of Tiger’s Lair. She also studied abroad as part of the Semester at Sea program through the MU International Center.
That involvement paid off last year when Bubbers won the Missouri Student Unions/U.S. Bank Students With Disabilities scholarship, offered through the Disability Center.
“It has definitely helped with paying for school,” says Bubbers, from Bettendorf, Iowa. “This helps offset being from out-of-state.”
Bubbers expects to graduate in May.
“I might not have the best vision,” she says, “but I have now seen more of the world than 95 percent of people, and I won’t let it stop me from doing anything that I want to do in the future.”