Malachai Pruett is a freshman at Georgia State University and was diagnosed with ADHD when they were 17 years old. They were identified as gifted in the first grade, and as a result, their struggles in school due to ADHD often went unseen or ignored. Despite this, they still managed to succeed, getting As and Bs in most of their classes. They want to use their experiences to help challenge what it means to be gifted and disabled, hopefully making it easier for twice-exceptional students to find their way and those diagnosed when they are older. They are currently pursuing a degree in history and hope to complete a master’s in education, with the intention of teaching social studies. They hope their experiences here can give them a deeper understanding of what it means to be an advocate for those with attention and learning issues.
Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in elementary school, Rachelle was told she would never succeed academically, let alone go to college. However, Rachelle maintained love of knowledge and learning, and pushed for her-own and others’ right to education. Today, at 20 years old, Rachelle is a senior-year honors student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in psychology. Rachelle is proud to say she will always be dyslexic, and it is by utilizing her dyslexia and ADHD she plans to change the world.