The Story of My Life by Helen Keller tracks Helen's progress after she is left blind and deaf following an illness when she was only nineteen months old. Helen is a very stubborn individual, inquisitive and not easily defeated, all traits that strengthen her resolve and aid her success as she "learns from life itself."(ch 7)
Education is key to everything Helen does and, because of Miss Sullivan's style of teaching Helen relishes every opportunity. Miss Sullivan is always on hand to "translate" for Helen using the manual alphabet and so Helen has access to many tutors. She recalls her ambition, apart from wanting to speak like others for which she practises tirelessly, never quite achieving her goal and is proud to announce "I shall go to Harvard!"(ch 18) It becomes "a fixed purpose" and "the nearest approach I could get to Harvard and to the fulfillment of my childish declaration" is to attend Cambridge.
Therefore, and in preparation for college, she goes to The Cambridge School for young Ladies in October 1896.