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Question #33:
  • I am a senior. My LD has kept my grades and test scores down, course choices simple, and extra-curricular activities to a minimum. However, I have been told I have a great personality. I have lots of friends and am liked by my teachers. Are there any special strategies you would suggest to help me get into the college of my choice?
Answer #33:
  • I hope you included a letter discussing your particular learning disability with your college applications. It always helps to specify exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are. Colleges like students who can self-advocate and who know exactly what types of support will be required in college.
    A positive attitude and good social skills are very important assests. I'm sure the teachers who wrote your recommendations highlighted these qualities and I feel certain that they will be considered favorably by the admissions officials reading your application. If your first semester grades are good, you should make sure that your guidance counselor sends an updated transcript to each college to which you have applied. That way, you can be considered with all your assets on the table.
    Many colleges have wonderful support programs for students with learning differences. In addition to contacting the admissions officals, you should contact the poeple who run the learning support centers at each school to which you have applied. Make sure that they can provide you with the resources and support you need. Sometimnes, the LD resource people are part of the applications review process. If you explain your needs and they feel you are a good candidate for their program, they may be able to go to bat for you when the final admissions decisions are made.
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