When I was a kid I dreaded being asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” because I honestly did not know. All I eve renew was that I wanted to go to University, be famous, and help people. Well, the second part hasn’t happened yet but I can happily say that I’m living two of my goals.
As I write this (October, 2020) I am a two time university graduate, have a 4.0 in my Master’s of Counselling Psychology, and have completed a post-graduate certificate in Learning Disability Studies with (finished with a 4.0). I work full time in a rewarding career and am in search of a practicum for my MA. I’m happy, I’m healthy, and even though 2020 was a rollercoaster I couldn’t predict, I’m doing well My journey to where I am today wasn’t easy – I overcame a lot of obstacles and had to navigate completed system with no guidance.
Growing up I faced a lot of barriers that I would only come to understand in adulthood. I grew up during the digital revolution in a working-poor family. We didn’t have the internet or an up-to-date computer until I was 17 and only because I paid for it myself. Until I was in University, I lived with undiagnosed mental illness and a learning disability. I failed my entire first year of university and was placed on academic probation. I didn’t think I was cut out for academia and thought I would never find success in life. But luckily for me I”m stubborn and refused to give up on myself.
Over the years I had to navigate a system that was confusing and ridden with barriers. I had to figure out how to get a mental health diagnosis, receive accommodations, and learn to work with my brain instead of letting it work against me.