From Hairdresser to Radio Personality
A 39-year-old student whose loss of vision changed her career goal from hairdresser to radio personality received her associate degree as a member of the Class of 2014 during Camden County College’s (N.J.) 46th commencement exercises. Robin Hester of Cherry Hill, N.J., a communications major who completed her CCC studies with a 3.0 grade-point average, began working toward her degree in 2011. She hadn’t been in a classroom since high school and had lost her vision at age 24. Her early days at Camden County College, she says, were difficult. The obstacles she faced made her consider giving up. Hester has worn many hats at CCC. In addition to her communications studies, she was active in the Sold Out Christian Fellowship and hosted a program on campus radio station WDBK 91.5 FM. Her show, “The Inspirational Hour with the Song Bird,” broadcasts every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. She also served as a Student Government Association vice president for the 2013-14 term and helped run the college’s coat drive last fall. In addition, Hester played a vital role in publicizing and organizing CCC’s Martin Luther King Day activities. Hester is transferring to Rowan University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communications and hopes to one day host her own radio show on a major network.