A Matter of the Mind
|Jasmine Niernberger, Miss DC Teen USA 2006, treats her learning disability is an "obstacle, but not a road block." Jasmine has taken strides toward overcoming her dyslexia, and is an active advocate for other individuals with LD, serving as spokesperson for Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic.|
A learning disability as an obstacle, but not a road block. It is one more problem to overcome and one more difficulty to make me a stronger person. Although my learning differences still present a daily challenge, I refuse to let anything stand in the way of my success. As a child my mom always told me, "You can do anything you set your mind to." This advice has been a motto in which I live my life. It is the way in which one faces a challenge that allows for growth. So do not pity others for their obstacles, pity those who do not have them, for they remain stunted in growth. I believe it is important that one turns weaknesses into strengths. I like to ask, "What can my weakness do for me?" Therefore, as a result of being crowned Miss DC Teen USA 2006 and of my academic achievement, I became RFB&D's "little celebrity." Being a spokesperson for their promotional campaign is a wonderful opportunity. Most recently, I recorded several radio spots, which was such an exciting process. In the future I hope to work as a spokesperson for a large organization and therefore being the face of this campaign is a great experience. The way in which I approach my learning disability tells a lot about who I am and how I live my life.
College is not an option, but a necessary opportunity to learn and grow. There has never been a doubt in my mind that I will attend college. As it is commonly stated, "if there is a will, there is a way." My steadfast determination has served me well throughout my high school years, and I am sure it will keep me focused in college. For me, I believe college is a step toward achieving greatness. With my success, I hope to inspire others to believe in themselves, especially if they too have a learning disability.