If I don't do something the first time, I'm going to do it the second time.



“I’ve known I was dyslexic since I was young. It’s important for a person who has a learning disability to know they have it because it’s a part of you. With my reading style and speech issues, people notice. So after I get to know them, I just tell them. I also get this a lot with being adopted. People see my parents and they see me and I know they are nervous about asking. But if you ask, ‘Are you adopted?’, I’ll say, ‘Yes’, because it’s who I am. So I try to be outspoken about my dyslexia too.


I just finished my freshman year in college. In high school, I had an IEP manager. In college, I had to find ways to do it for myself. I’m a huge procrastinator and I was still suffering from High School Senioritis so I focused more on playing Quidditch with my university’s team than my classes in the Fall. By Spring, I was going to my university’s Learning Center. I’ve learned that I like making ties with people. At the Learning Center, I can schedule an appointment with the same person every week. We make little mini goals so I can meet deadlines, like when I had two papers due at the same time.


Before college, my brother advised me to join a big team to meet a lot of people. I’m a very curious person and I wanted to try something new. That’s why I joined the Quidditch team. Quidditch is built on the basis of basketball, but is a mix of football, ultimate frisbee, rugby, lacrosse, dodgeball, and wrestling. I went to every single practice…rain, snow. I made the Tournament Roster and was elected to the team’s Executive Board, which is really unusual for a Freshman.


I started college coming out of the gates with a walk, but for my 2nd Semester, I came out the gates with a sprint. I turned it around and had all A’s and B’s for the year.


If I don’t do something the first time, I’m going to do it the second time. I’m that determined. It makes me mad when people say, ‘I can’t do it’. If you say, ‘I can’t do it’, I’m gonna do it. It makes me motivated. I think all people with learning disabilities or dyslexia have this. Because sometimes when you are told you can’t do stuff, you just want to show them. It might be difficult for us, but we are gonna get it done.”

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