Eye To Eye Personal Statement

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When I came to study at the University of Rochester, I was convinced I wanted to be a lawyer. I felt this way because everybody from Latrobe, Pennsylvania (the small town I grew up in) told me that I had what it took to be a "hot shot." I was, after all, going to a fancy private school in another state. In my town, most students didn't go to college let alone go to the University of Rochester for pre-law. I could feel the burden of everyone's expectations weighing down on me as I walked into my first class, Intro to Political Theory, freshman year. When I walked out of that classroom, I knew that I would never be a lawyer; I hated studying the social sciences and I wanted to be my own person; I wanted to be a teacher. A part of me always knew I wanted to be a teacher and there are dozens of old pictures to prove it. When I was in elementary school, I went to a church festival where an antique wooden row-desk from a schoolhouse was being auctioned off. Naturally, I spent every dime of my allowance and won that desk. For years to come, my mom…show more content…
I decided to join Eye to Eye as a way to be involved in the classroom environment. My involvement in Eye to Eye is the most fulfilling and meaningful extracurricular I'm involved in. Eye to Eye works within the Rochester public school system to provide middle school students with learning disabilities mentors from the University of Rochester. Mentors are University students who also have learning disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD. Personally, I was a late diagnosis dyslexic so giving students the support I never received is deeply important to me. Sharing my LD experiences with younger students helps to empower a community of kids who are too often told they're not enough -- not "smart" enough, "eloquent" enough, "strong" enough -- and build a new generation of students who love their unique
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