TO SUCCESS IN COLLEGE
I attended several elementary and high schools, but none of them
found or treated my learning problems. I received good grades until
I went to Catonsville Community College in Baltimore, Maryland.
I couldn't take good notes, understand what I read, or keep up.
I took only one class.
My mother took me to a Learning Specialist who found I could not
process information very well, and that I was reading on a seventh
grade level. She helped me to process information better and to
add to my knowledge of basic skills. We practiced reading and comprehension
exercises. In 13 months, my reading advanced to the eleventh grade
level, and I took more classes.
This time, while in college, I continued with the Learning Specialist.
She assisted me with my coursework, organization, and special needs.
I began to eat regularly and to get enough rest to be healthy and
do well in school. I learned to use a calendar to pace my studies
and other activities. I also learned that taking notes in red ink
and highlighting in blue highlighter works best for me.
Later that year, I began getting decent grades in computer science,
psychology and art history. I then attended a two year college part
time, as a well as a four year college part time. After, I transferred
to a four year college in the spring. Recently, I graduated from
the four year college. I wanted to be a computer programmer and
a counselor on the weekends like my mother. Thanks to my program
of remediation, I have started a business involved in repairing
and building customized computers, and selling various hardware
Billy Edwards Jr. © 2002 All rights reserved