Its Great to be an FAU OWL!

November 20, 2014

Hey everyone I am so sorry that I haven’t had the opportunity to update my blog in such a long time! I have been going through a tremendous amount of emotional and psychological despair. You would think that would be more of a reason to update my blog, but I am the type of person that has trouble writing when I am not in the right frame of mind. I have to be in a good place spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. When I hit a roadblock, my mind pretty much shuts down and I become overwhelmed with negative emotions. Many times, I blow things out of proportion and I have trouble maintaining true perspective on my life. This is an on going process that I have been working on through therapy and self help strategies. Usually, I like to be in a positive frame of mind when I am articulating my thoughts that way I don’t publish information about myself that I will only regret later on!

But anyways I am extremely excited to announce that I completed my Associates Degree at Palm Beach State College. I was able to overcome the odds and I was able to overcome every educational obstacle that was thrown in my path. Thankfully, I had a great amount of support, guidance and assistance. I would like to thank my amazing mother, my disability support advisor Dr Swain, and all of the Professors that helped me believe that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to.

It took longer than I initially anticipated for me to obtain my AA degree. When I first entered college, I thought for sure I would be able to get it in two years. Unfortunately, I struggled mightily in math which really kept me back. I failed multiple math classes at Broward and PBSC. Finally, I was able to find a terrific plan and a marvelous tutor to help get me through this difficult period. If it wasn’t for my perseverance, inner strength, and never give up attitude, I probably would have dropped out of college completely.

It’s funny because I have always thrived in every other subject except for anything related to math. Even at the college level, I have always earned As and Bs in every other class I have taken other than math. Algebra was by far my hardest subject. Believe it or not, I actually did better in Liberal Arts math which included, stats, logic and probability. I guess my brain is more wired to analyze stats which is probably a part of the reason why I am so good at breaking down sports stats!

After taking Liberal Arts Math during the summer, I had finally reached the pinnacle of my undergraduate success at a Community College. So then I had to apply at Florida Atlantic University. There were no guarantees that they were going to accept me. I knew I had done everything that I possibly could to get in. I had the required GPA, credits, and transcript to get accepted. I had even already taken preliminary Education courses including Intro to Education Technology, Intro to Teaching and Educational Diversity. So I had the prerequisites needed for the Education program at FAU. However, there was still a cloud of uncertainty surrounding my admission status.

Based on the research I have done, at least one Public University is required to accept an AA transfer student from a State Community College. Here’s the catch though: It doesn’t have to be the University that you initially apply at. It just has to be one of any number of schools in the state. Thankfully, I was able to get into FAU since they have a fantastic Education program and they are the closest University to where I currently reside. My specific major is going to be Special Education with a certification in ESOL.

I couldn’t possibly be more excited to make a positive difference in the lives of students with disabilities. And I am looking forward to having a positive experience at FAU!

Go Owls!

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