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I Overcame My Learning Disability and Went to Back to College ... in My 30s

I love this time of year. The flowers are in bloom, everything is green. Summer is coming. And students everywhere are graduating. New beginnings.

There were times in my life when graduation season didn't make me happy at all. I'd go to commencement ceremonies and feel sad, longing for a degree of my own. But it always felt far out of my reach.

Read how I conquered that feeling and made my dream come true at AOL's MyDaily.

By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.

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It's so difficult to go to college when there are things you can't learn--for me it's math (but I'm good at statistics) many sciences, foreign languages and the rules of grammar--but I can use words well) Actually being able to write got me into good colleges, and took me everywhere!
Congrats again at your five year mark! I know how big it is

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thanks Pia!

That's the thing about writing and college--it takes you where you need to go!

Jennifer Gibbons, Red Room

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great article!

Good for you! That was a great read. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Randy Wong

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going back to school

Jennifer, you told my story! while in prep school I was told I was not "college material".AT my first attemp[t at college(music major) I did not do well academically. I later married and had 3 children.Through much soul searching I returned to school at age 36! I decided to major in music therapy,which was condsiered the hardest major in the school! I made deans list and grauated in 1984.I became board certified in 1985 in the 90's I went to grad school for special education and maintained an a- average.But I did not pass student teaching.It was then I discovered I had ADHD,as well as five other leearning disabilities as well as a gifted IQ.I know the pain that comes from learning differently,and I applaud you for staying with it. I now work indiviidually with people with all kinds of disabillities using music as therapy.it is my joy to have work that I love! It was wonderful to read about yo8ur wonderful success.I hope we cn connect on her. sincerely, Heather Koelle(hbk7344) i am on redroom,too.

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thanks Randy and Heather!!

and Heather you are so right: It's a joy to have work you love!

Jennifer Gibbons, Red Room

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Good for You

All I have to say is good for you.  I have a learning disability, and I understand the difficulties not only dealing with the symptoms, but able to succeed in school.  I think a person is never too old to learn, even if I means going back in your 30s.  I think it is great you are sharing your story, and someone reading this may be going through the same as you did.