We’ve started on the journey of looking at colleges for my daughter with dyslexia.
This summer she is enrolled in a pre-college summer studios program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This is providing her with an opportunity to experience art school and explore different art and design options through electives.
It did not occur to me, or my daughter, that this pre-college art program would involve a lot of reading and writing! My daughter’s comment to me tonight was that had she known this, she would have thought twice about enrolling. If I had known this, I would have enquired about how the program accommodated her disability.
If my daughter is to pursue an undergraduate fine arts degree, then this will include liberal arts studies and consequently include s a considerable amount of reading and writing. Therefore, in our college search, we need to look at the resources offered by each college to help her succeed.
As my daughter begins her senior year at high school this fall, we are entering a new phase in her education. As a student with dyslexia, the road we’ve taken so far has been fairly well mapped out with specialists, educators and other parents explaining the landscape. We’re been able to find our way. But now, we are entering new territory. The territory of colleges is perhaps even more unfamiliar to our family as my husband and I both completed our secondary and higher education in British schools and universities, respectively. Our daughter is also the eldest of our three children and the first to enter the college scene. But, I understand that even for American parents the college landscape can be a journey of new discoveries as they travel it with their children.
So, I will be relating over the coming months our experience as we travel down this road of helping our daughter find a college. Please add comments if you have helpful advice to give to others and me. My next few blog posts will state where we have got to so far in this process. We’ve started on the journey. It will be a steep learning curve, or to use the analogy so far, the road rises steeply ahead of us but I am positive that we are going to enjoy the view from the top and we’ll be coasting from there.