“There are no physical limitations to his creative mind,” said Jason Peaks, director of campus ministries, of Brandon Vera.
Brandon has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, also known as AMC. He has freshly graduated from Regent University, lauded as Regent’s 2016 Outstanding Bachelor of Arts Graduate due to his academic merits, coupled with his commitment towards the community and university.
Brandon constantly taps into his artistic traits and musicality. He participated in talent shows since a young age, and he learned to play the piano and ukulele by himself when he was older. At Regent, Brandon decided to try out for the university’s a cappella performance group, the Regent Singers. “That’s where I first broke out of my shell,” he says.
Over the years, Brandon has learned to celebrate himself and his abilities. He admits that he has spent much of high school and the beginning of his university days alone, unsure of his ability to participate in certain activities. Since then, Brandon has come into his own, and has aspired to even greater accomplishments. For instance, he plans to undertake studies for his master’s degree, and aims to be a creative director upon completion of his studies.
“I always used to hate my disability. Regent has showed me that it’s a gift, not a burden.”
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