For most of my life reading never came easy to me. At a young age I realized that I struggled with reading and writing and had a hard time keeping up with my classmates. It started to become rather clear that I had a problem when my grades started suffering and my self-confidence wavered. When I was six years old, my mother made the decision to hold me back and have me repeat the first grade. She realized too that I had a problem and felt it would be good for me. This is when the school district started testing me for dyslexia. Over the years I was tested for dyslexia twice. Both times the results were negative, however, it was determined that I do have a reading disability which affects my ability to read, write and comprehend literature. Due to this I was placed under the special education umbrella and received accommodations. Some of my accommodations were to receive extended time on tests and exams, small groups and the option to have a teacher or peer read material to me.
In the sixth grade I was admitted into The Ann Richards School For Young Women Leaders. The school has the reputation of having one of the hardest curriculum in the nation. To say I was a bit nervous is an understatement. In one of my middle school classes we were given the assignment to give a presentation to the class about an object that we have created. My partner just thought that I would do the whole project. So when it came time to present everything that I have learned, it seemed to have escaped my mind. Every sentence that I said was grammatically incorrect and the audience started to laugh and thought that it was funny. After I finished I cried and told the teacher that if I could redo the assignment because I knew that I was much better them some mispronunciations. She understood that I honestly tried my best and didn’t slack off. This was just one example of some of my saddest moments.
With all the help I received from my teachers and classmates, I am able to say that I have built up my self-confidence and I have kept up with my peers. Over the years I participated in the school’s cheer team and choir, I was a service ambassador, I was a member of the student council and I will be the student body president. Through all these activities I have learned how to manage my learning disability by becoming better at reading, writing and public speaking.