Equality for “Special” Students

Scholarship Entrant: Victoria from FPO, AP
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Victoria: 6

I have passion for human equality, especially for people with learning disabilities. I was discriminated against by some teachers throughout my educational career, because I was documented as an individual who needs extra time to do certain assignments. I would love to reach out to others by speaking and influencing other artists to depict what is going on with the “outcasts.” If I could, I would love to direct a series that is geared to people of all ages in school: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. The main character would have the learning disability and it would be from that person’s point of view. As a student, it always so frustrating when I have classmates asking me: “Why do you always have to leave before we take a test?” or “Why is that person (a therapist) always asking you to leave class at this time?” in a rude way. These types of questions were always embarrassing. There would be less bullying, less suicide rates, and ignorance would decline. For example, having autism is one of the toughest challenges, especially when it comes to socializing with other people. Most people who have it are the ones with the stereotypical nerdy traits, it’s unfair. I hope spreading awareness will be a positive action.

Vote for Victoria: 6

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