Mon, April 5, 2010
Hi Betty Ann,
“First off, I wanted to sincerely thank you for your support. I have been accepted into Golden Gate University’s Environmental Law Scholars program and received a scholarship, none of which would have been possible without your help.
“Thank you again, and I look forward to staying in touch with you. I have attached the final copies of both the addendum addressing my dyslexia, and my personal statement. Feel free to use them in any way you see fit.”
– Dylan, age 25
(From Dylan’s Addendum, in his application for law school)
“I have a strong sense of justice. I am highly creative, perceiving my surroundings multidimensionally, experiencing thought as if it is vivid reality.
“While most people consider dyslexia a handicap, I consider dyslexia a gift. The significance of my learning disability, through each educational stage of my life, has molded me into the person I am today.
“I am no longer suppressed, isolated, or damaged by the conventional learning process. I always strive to be prepared, and know that I have to continue tapping into my creative, intuitive, and insightful nature in order to further my education.
“My vigilant determination to learn and succeed, in both the classroom and world, has led me to where I am today. I will not be a successful lawyer in spite of my disability; I will be a successful lawyer because it is the best use of my given abilities.”
(Dylan worked with Betty, along with his sister and mother, when he was 11.)