How Having a Learning Disability Can Affect Your Education

By Staff Writer Published on December 17, 2012

For some students, learning, paying attention, and overall focus in a classroom comes very easy; then there are the students with learning disabilities who have the hardest time in class. I, along with my son, have Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is a learning disorder that can make learning very difficult. Just a couple of the symptoms that I have to deal with include being unable to pay attention for long periods of time and not being able to sit still.

Up until a few years ago, I had never realized that I have a learning disability. In high school, I just kind of floated through and passed my classes. It was not until I decided to go back to school in 2010 that it became apparent that I have ADHD. Because of my ADHD, I was unable to focus or pay attention in class, which caused me to fail my courses.

Now mind you, I am capable of being an A student; shoot I passed my G.E.D. exam without studying, even though I was 17 years out of high school.

My solution was to go to see a doctor, and now my ADHD is being treated with medication. So far so good, though I could still use a few adjustments.

My overall goal is to walk alongside my husband as we receive our degrees in 2014. In order for me to accomplish this I will be making some extra trips to see my doctor and getting all the outside help I can in order for me to learn to focus on my courses and studying.

I want people to know that people with disabilities are still human. We do have feelings. Rather than make fun of us, treat us as equals.

I, Desiree Magana, promise myself that I will succeed here at CollegeAmerica, that I will not be afraid to ask for help, and that I will conquer my learning disability by researching and utilizing the resources that are available to me.

Author Bio 
Desiree Magana, a native of California, made the life-changing decision to move to Flagstaff, AZ eight years ago, where she met and soon married her husband of seven years. Together they formed a family with five wonderful children who mean the world to her. With motivation and encouragement from her family, Desiree received her G.E.D. after seventeen years out of high school. Her current focus is to continue her education alongside her husband at the Flagstaff campus of CollegeAmerica. Her goal and vision is to walk the stage with her husband as they both receive their Associate’s in Medical Specialties degrees.