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Name: Stephanie L.
Age: 24
Currently Residing: Plano, Texas
Student: Collin College
LD: Dyslexia, ADD, and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

When I was younger, I thought that I was the only kid having trouble in school.  I was always in detention and never remembered my assignments.  Not only that, I had no interest in doing my assignments because it was “too hard”.  I went to a Catholic school in Dallas, TX from kinder garden through fifth grade.  It wasn’t until my last year there that I realized I was “different”. The other kids in my class seemed like they were geniuses.  I didn’t know how they could balance homework, extra curricular activities, reading for pleasure, and having fun with friends.  It made me feel like I wasn’t smart enough.  I had no idea that by the end of my fifth grade year my life would change forever.

 In May of 2000, I was diagnosed with my learning differences.  My father, a psychologist, knew of a school that would be perfect for me.  He told me it would help me learn how to deal with my struggles in reading.  Back then; it would take me 30 minutes to an hour to read one page in a textbook.  This was definitely not a confidence booster.  I would look around me in the classroom and realize that all the kids were reading faster than me.  I would then pretend to read the text so I didn’t look stupid for being so far behind.  When I attended my new school, Shelton, everything changed.  I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was having trouble reading.  There were other kids like me too! Not only were there kids like me, there were kids who had trouble with math, writing, organization, and much more.  I felt right at home.

I graduated from Shelton in 2012 and went straight to college. I was extremely worried that things would go back to the way they were in elementary school, but to my surprise, nothing had changed.  Just because the school wasn’t an LD school didn’t mean that I couldn’t get the help I needed. 

School is still hard, but I know that I can do it because of all the other people in my same situation who have succeeded. If it weren’t for my dad, I think I still would be that kid telling herself that she was stupid.

"I am confident that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to."

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