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Degree and Courses to Study for People with Color Blindness

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“What colour is this?” – Does this question annoy you on a different level?  As a person with colour blindness, I can relate to this feeling when my friends would always point out things and expect me to guess the right colour. If I got the colour wrong, I would get laugh at but if I got it right, they’d go on to point out more things for me to guess. Initially, I felt fine, but it’s gotten annoying over time when my friends continuously do that over and over again. I felt as if I was my friends’ entertainment. 

Having that experience with me, I felt my inability to distinguish colours has made it difficult and challenging for me when it comes to deciding the right career. We are restricted to many careers that we dreamed about in our childhood. But despite that, we are completely normal and we can do things that most people with normal colour vision could do too. There are ample careers out there that people like us can thrive. Thus, I wrote this article to inform students with colour blindness that there are opportunities available out there for them to decide.

What is Color Blindness?

To simply put, colour blindness is also known as a colour vision impairment where a certain group of people lack the ability to see or differentiate between certain colours. They tend to get confused with two different but similar colours, for example, mistakenly identifying purple with dark blue or red with green and vice versa.

Colourblindness can either be inherited or acquired later in life.  

  • Inherited color blindness is when people are born with this color vision impairment. The color blindness gene is normally passed down from close family members on the X chromosome, which also explains why men are more affected than women. 
  • Acquired colour blindness affects both men and women equally as they are aged. Diseases damaging the optic nerve or the retina of the eye can lead to acquired colour blindness. 

The common misconception about colour blindness is that people think that the world through colour blinds’ eyes is just black and white. In reality, the majority of colour blinds really do see colours. It is estimated that a person with normal colour vision is able to see 1 million different shades of colours, while a person with colour blindness is only able to see 10,000 different colours. 

Types of Colour Blindness

There are normally three types of colour blindness. The different types of colour blindness vary in the range from difficulty in differentiating certain colours to unable to see colour at all.

A. Red-Green Colour Blindness

The majority of people with colour blindness have inherited this type of defect. People with this type of colour blindness find it difficult to distinguish between red and green. There are four types of red-green colour blindness.

  • Protanomaly – People with this defect sees red greener and less bright.
  • Deuteranomaly – It makes the green look redder. 
  • Protanopia and deuteranopia make people unable to tell the difference between red and green at all. 

B. Blue-Yellow Colour Blindness

This type of colour blindness is less common where people struggle to differentiate between blue and green as well as yellow and red. There are two types of blue-yellow colour blindness.

  • Tritanomaly makes people difficult to see the differences between blue and green, and between yellow and red.
  • Tritanopia causes people hard to identify the differences between blue and green, purple and red, and yellow and pink. The colours also would look less bright for them

C. Total Colour Blindness

Also known as monochromacy, lives up to the term “colour blindness” as people with this type of defect are completely blind to colours. The world in their point of view would look like a black and white movie running on the television. This type of people is sensitive to light as well. 

Common Struggles of Colourblind People

Colourblind people tend to face difficulties in simple tasks that a normal person doesn’t see as a problem at all. For example, colour blinds are frustrated when it comes to cooking when they are unable to decide if the meat is cooked or needs more time. Choosing ripe fruits might sound easy but it’s not in the eyes of colour blinds. 

Colour blindness impairs people to drive sometimes where obtaining a driver’s license is a problem. The step of getting a license is to pass the computer test that requires candidates to complete ten Ishihara colour plates without fail before proceeding to further questions. Colourblind people often find this test impossible to get all ten questions correct. Thus, they have to find an alternative way, where they will need a doctor’s approval in order to complete the computer test. This process can be a frustrating one because normal people could just pass the tests on the first attempt. 

There are limitations for colour blind people to pursue certain careers that highly emphasise perceiving colours. This includes but not limited to careers such as pilot, police officer, firefighter, doctor and electrical engineer. Most of them would not realise that they are colourblind until they pursue their dream career.  

Careers and Degree Choices for Colourblind

On the bright side, there are many other careers that focus more on skillset over colour vision ability. Despite the inability to differentiate colours, students are packed with hard skills and transferable skills that can be a great advantage for them to pursue careers in the following recommended fields.

Civil Engineer

Some of the roles in engineering require strong colour vision such as electrical engineers, where their role is mainly handling multi-coloured wires. However, engineering careers such as civil engineering does not mainly require colour vision because they work on blueprints and sketches that are printed in black and white. Students will need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a passion for mathematics to pursue their career as a civil engineer.

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Accountant

The main role of an accountant is to prepare and interpret financial records for a company or organization. This career does not correlate with colour vision. Instead, an accountant needs to be excellent with numbers and possess strong analytical skill. A typical degree course in accounting takes three years to complete and upon completion, graduates may pursue their careers in ACCA or CIMA to become a certified chartered accountant.

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Journalist/Copywriter

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Nutritionists and dietitians help their patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and advise them on choosing the right food to eat depending on their health condition. The work involves verbal communication and paperwork. Thus, it is important to have strong communication skill and writing skills. Students may need to obtain a degree in food science and dietetics if they wish to pursue their career in consulting people on a healthy diet to help them achieve their health goals.

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How to Remain Healthy During Covid-19 Quarantine

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The first wealth is health - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy to be slacking throughout this self-quarantine period. This is the period where you can sleep without looking at the time or care about how many hours you sleep. However, you must take care of your health during this chaotic time. You do not want to fall sick and worry your loved ones, not especially during the outbreak of Covid-19.

As the famous American essayist, Ralph Waldo Emmerson once said, health is your first wealth. You do not want to take your body for granted because of your young age but to value your health and start taking care of your body. During this Covid-19 period, there are things that we can do to make sure our body is in the healthiest state.

1. Workout at Home

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No more excuses saying “I’m busy” or “I have no time”. You have the time in the world to move that body because of this quarantine period. It is essential for you to sweat it out, not just because you will lose weight but also for the benefits of your important organs such as the heart and brain. Your heart will benefit the most because working out will stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and thus, lowering blood pressure. Not just that, your brain releases neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins, making you feel good after the workout. There are 4 types of exercise to strengthen your health. 

Flexibility

This exercise stretches your muscles and helps your body to be flexible. Examples of this exercise are yoga and pilates. Check out Blogilates website where Cassey Ho provides a FREE workout calendar every month and you can follow the workout on her Youtube channel.

Strength

Strength exercises make your muscles stronger and allow you to carry out daily heavy activities. Normally, you can use dumbbells or resistance bands during the workout. If you are a complete beginner, your body weight would be sufficient enough to help you kick-start strength exercises. Go and do strength exercise with the help of these amazing coaches from Hasfit for free! 

Balance

This exercise helps prevent falls which is a common problem for clumsy people and older adults. You can definitely improve your balance by doing the famous Tai Chi exercises so go ahead and follow Dr. Peter Chen’s website and follow his youtube videos.

Endurance

Usually known as aerobic or cardio exercise, it can improve your breathing and heart rate. If you love dancing, this is the perfect exercise for you. Follow the Live Love Party’s youtube to maximize your dancing experience because they will teach you how to zumba.

2. Get Enough Sleep

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As cliche as it sounds, you must get enough sleep in a day. Experts from John Hopkins Medicine said lack of sleep at night time risks your health because it will increase symptoms of depression, migraines and high blood pressure. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended sleeping hours are:

  • teenagers (14-17 years) 8-10 hours of sleep 
  • adults (18-64 years) 7-9 hours of sleep.

So do not binge on Netflix so much so you lose your night time sleep.

3. Eat Healthy

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It is easy to get lazy and eat instant noodles during this quarantine period. But please drop that crips, soda and slow down on the fried food. Like the famous saying goes, “You are what you eat”. Increasing your daily intake on veggies and fruits will help to strengthen your immune system. This is crucial as there are no vaccines yet for Covid-19. Check out some of the list of fruits and vegetables to replenish each vitamin deficiency. If you are lacking any of the vitamins below, start adding more on the listed fruits and vegetables on your plate today!

Vitamin Deficiency

Fruits & Vegetables

Vitamin A

Carrots, Spinach, Kale, Apricots, Red Pepper

Vitamin B1

Kale, Cauliflower, Oranges, Potatoes

Vitamin B2

Kidney Beans, Tomatoes, Spinach, Asparagus

Vitamin B3

Avocados, Mangoes, Bananas, Guavas

Vitamin B5

Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, 

Vitamin B6

Chickpeas, Banana, Squash, Tofu

Vitamin B7

Walnuts, Peanuts, Cauliflower, Raspberries

Vitamin B9

Oranges, Lemon, Lettuce, Asparagus

Vitamin B12

Eggs, Yogurt

Vitamin C

Broccoli, Papaya, Strawberries, Orange

Vitamin D

Maitake Mushrooms, Portobello Mushrooms

Vitamin E

Almonds, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Asparagus

Vitamin K

Parsley, Romaine Lettuce, Kale

If you are interested to know more about nutrition that our body needs, you might want to pursue your education in food nutrition course. Here are the 2 best universities in Malaysia to study Nutrition’s degree for you:

Top Universities to Study Nutrition or Food Science in Malaysia

The University of Nottingham Malaysia

nottingham

Program 

Bachelor of Nutrition 

Intake

September

Duration

3 Years

Entry Requirements

English: IELTS 6.0

A-Level: BBC (including Biology & Chemistry)

STPM: BBB (including Biology & Chemistry)

UEC: 1A, 4 B3s (including Biology & Chemistry)

Annual Indicative Fees

Malaysian students: RM 41,500

International students: RM 45,590

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us 😃

Taylor’s University

Taylor's University

Program 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Food Science)

Intake

March & August

Duration

3 Years

Entry Requirements

English: IELTS 5.5

A-Level: DD (any 2 subjects in Biology, Chemistry or Physics/Mathematics)

STPM: 2.33 (any 2 subjects in Biology, Chemistry or Physics/Mathematics)

UEC: 5Bs (any 2 subjects in Biology, Chemistry or Physics/Mathematics)

Annual Indicative Fees

Malaysian students: RM 32,500

International students: USD$ 9,539

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us 😃

4. Video Call Your Loved Ones

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It is time to reach out to your old friends and relatives that you lost contact with due to your busy schedule. Call your long lost friends or call your grandparents, ask them how they are coping up during this pandemic moment. Be sincere and be kind to one other even during social distancing.

So start checking your phone and see who are the people you have lost contact with. Researchers from the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health found out that video call can reduce anxiety level significantly. You will never know, your call can bring great relief to your friends and family. So make an impact and spread love during this difficult time.

Be safe and stay healthy. Spread kindness and love 😃

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