Hey, Julissa, Tiffany, Daniel, and Anthony!
I hope you are all doing well! Thanks for reaching out to me. I am happy you like the blog, and I am glad to answer your questions.
1. What are your career plans after you graduate college? Or have your career aspirations changed since entering college?
Over the course of my freshman year, my career plans were all over the place. Long before going to college, I wanted to do something with television and broadcasting. Those plans changed when I went to an info session and realized that I didn’t have a high enough GPA to apply to the Film and Television degree. Although I would now be able to apply after my second semester, I have set my sights on a major in communications and a minor in sports management. With these two I am hoping to work someday with a professional team, but after spending my first year of college at a school very into sports, I am also thinking of going the collegiate way as well.
2. What did you think of your IEP during high school? How was it helpful and how was it hurtful, if at all?
From the very beginning, since as long as I can remember I never wanted to appear different. My parents saw this very clearly when I was young all the way up to when I graduated from high school. During my high school years, I spent my time in two separate schools. One in Maryland, which was a small private school aimed to help kids with learning disabilities and one in Massachusetts which was a large public school. While attending the school in Maryland, I was very much myself and didn’t feel that much different from the peers around me. Although everybody in the school had some form of an IEP, the administration was skilled enough to seamlessly adapt to each persons IEP individually, which had a positive effect on me. When I attended the school in Massachusetts, it was far from the experience I had in Maryland. In that school, I would have a period every four days where I go into a resource room and spend that hour to an hour and a half working with my liaison and several aids who were taking the class with me. My teachers would be made aware by the aids what they had to do to fulfill my IEP, but then it was up to me to ask the teacher what I needed. This way was challenging to get used to the first year of attending that particular high school, but the final two years I learned how to succeed just like I did in Maryland. I spent five years in high school, two in Maryland and three in Massachusetts. Although my IEP didn’t play a role in my decision to add a year of high school, it help me succeed and attend an outstanding university.
I hope these answers are what you were looking for. Please send any more questions that you may have!