Education isn’t just about what you learn, it’s about who you meet and the adventures that you have. I know that I have been very blessed.
Yes, it has changed my outlook. I always felt like I was stupid or inadequate through school. I couldn’t understand why I struggled so much with my reading and spelling. School were as useful as a chocolate fireguard. They weren’t prepared to have me diagnosed and instead kept saying that I couldn’t be good at everything. I was a bright student. I did well in exams, but I always felt as though I was being looked down on.
When I went back into education I told the college from the start that my previous college (just after I left school) had suggested that I may be dyslexic, but I hadn’t been given a proper assessment. The relief of being told that there was a reason why I had struggled so much through school, that it was because of dyslexia and not because I was ‘stupid’ like I had been told through school by my peers.
My outlook has been far more positive and I went on to achieve my goal of graduating from university by the time I was 30. It’s made me more determined to stand up as a dyslexic person and admit to my struggles as well as to my strengths.
This photo is of me on Tuesday 8th July, 2014. It’s the day after I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a 2:1 in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies – History. What’s the significance of this photograph? Well if you had told me 10 years ago I would be graduating from university at all I would have laughed and told you to pull the other leg! The tshirt I am wearing in this photograph is from a sketch in Father Ted, my favourite comedy series. In the episode, Father Dougal gets very confused between dreams and reality, so Ted draws him a diagram to explain. Read the rest of this entry
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My name is Áine (Hannah in English) and I am a 29 year old mature student studying an undergraduate degree in History, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies. I am a big enthusiast of Viking history, I love music (especially metal) and cats… and I am dyslexic.