Student Spotlight: Kyle Borah

On November 15, 2017, in Student Profile, Uncategorized, by Walker News

Kyle Borah, a junior here at Webster University, is studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an emphasis in Cybersecurity. He is originally from Oakville, Missouri.

Kyle’s remarkable story is about how he has overcome many obstacles in order to study at the Walker School. When Kyle was younger, he developed a degenerative eyesight condition that resulted in having vision impairments for the rest of his life. The immense amount of determination that Kyle exudes has propelled him to “never take no as an answer” by proving many people “who don’t see the whole picture” wrong for thinking he couldn’t achieve a college degree.

Kyle’s earned an asDigital studentsociate’s degree from St. Louis Community College before transferring to Webster University in the spring 0f 2017. He describes his criteria for selecting a university as one with quality professors in his program of interest, a straightforward admittance process, and a campus that would work with his accommodations. He found all three at Webster University. In fact, he describes his first encounters with Webster University as setting “a perfect tone from the beginning.”

While in high school, Kyle attended a series of summer camps that were hosted by the Lighthouse Foundation for the Blind, some of which took place on Webster University’s home campus. The summer camps were designed to prepare students for adapting to life at college, such as how to do laundry, how to navigate around campus, and other tasks that many take for granted as part of an already difficult transition from high school to college.

Kyle wasn’t originally planning to study math and computer science, but a self-evaluation about the future of the work force and his own interest in computer courses in high school convinced him to pursue it. Kyle is fascinated with the forces at play in the “digitalized and automatized” and “increasingly efficient” world in which people and the government need to be safe. “We can handle this [digitalization] if we have a security framework in place and correct information.”

Those are exactly the needs Kyle intends to meet in his career. He says, “I’m excited about the future but there are hurdles, and I will help us [society] get over them.” and “just because Equifax was hacked doesn’t mean all privacy and security is lost.” But he warns that people and the government, must work together to be proactive rather than reactive in their actions to be secure. Kyle understands that a dire need for this precaution is in medical technologies. He has personal experience with recovering from security threats on a grandmother’s smart insulin pump. No matter the sector of cybersecurity that Kyle may work in, he will bring a lifetime commitment to being a force to help people be safe, and in the cases of security compromises, to help people recover.

In order to make his pathway to a career possible, Kyle reports receiving a lot of vital assistance from the Academic Resource Center at Webster University and his professors. “The ARC does amazing work,” which is evident in their actions to make every single textbook text-to-speech compatible. “Erin Davis (Assistive Technology Specialist) once had to to scan an entire book and enter in the equations by hand.” Thanks to the work of the ARC, Kyle has every single up-to-date version of all of his textbooks.

In addition, the professors have made great in-class accommodations for Kyle. “We find out what works for me as well as the professors and together we make it work.” Kyle needs to begin planning for upcoming semester courses far earlier than other students, and he subtly chuckled when discussing students who wait to register for courses until the break leading up to semester. Kyle was happy to note that now, any student with vision impairments will be able to utilize the math materials he used.

Kyle wishes to leave readers and fellow students with a few pieces of advice. “You should always have your outlets. Give yourself relaxation such as games, hanging out with friends, etc. to get you through your degree.” For fellow students with disabilities, Kyle has key advice: “Never take no for an answer, typically you will be dealing with people that have their own experiences of ability, and we have ours. They just don’t see the whole pictures and are inclined to easily say no. But I’m here to tell you that with the right tools and assistance, it can be done.” Kyle ends with, “I’m my own advocate in really knowing what I need in adapting to the change in not only technology but also my vision level.”

On behalf of the Walker School, we are honored to have such an incredible student representing the University and making an impact here. Congratulations Kyle!

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1 Response » to “Student Spotlight: Kyle Borah”

  1. Kyle’s MOM says:

    I am very proud of the young man you’ve become!! You amaze me daily. I’m so thankful, I get to be your MOM!!