Being a disabled student had always presented to my parents the mission picking a perfect school. In my city, there was solely one school that had physically challenged friendly facilities. Despite the challenge, my mother and father spent a lot of money for special education in view that I was a kid. However, the school I attended from elementary to excessive school was a common faculty open to everyone. It did not offer the essential distinct education, therefore, I didn’t get the best education shape middle to high school. The school provided a better elementary education than my preceding school with an accompaniment of good foreign teachers. The school, however, did not have proper special classes which affected the quality of education I received. The school manager put me in a small special class designed for the deaf and those with hearing challenges since elementary school.
As I progressed from elementary to high school, I topped the class with the highest grade. This, however, was an attribute to the easy test that the teachers prepared for the students which affected the quality of education we received in our class. Further, the teachers themselves were not trained and had been brought to the school to stand in since schooling was free. There were no permanent and qualified teachers to teach the disabled children. The untrained teachers did not achieve much in their job as they did not have the required experience. Teaching students with a disability require more effort than students with less or no disability. For me the classes were easy, and they further made me lazy. Studying in the United States of America has been a serious struggle from middle school to high school.
When I first landed in the United States, I went to Gallaudet University a special institution for the deaf and hard of hearing students where the education is run using the America Sign Language. My parents had heard of the school and had my transfer in the institution. There were speculations that the education in the school was not the same as other universities despite it being the only university for the deaf and hard of hearing in the United States. At the start of spring, I felt that the institution was not right for me as I had not achieved as much learning as I wanted. I felt the quality of education was not as competitive as I had expected. This raised my past fears that the system would need up making me lazy. The only progress I had made was advancing my learning in the American Sign Language but felt that the English department was not a great match for an international student who wanted to major in poetry.
The experience in learning the American Sign Language remains one of the most challenging struggles I have endured. It involved a lot of frustrations from failing trial test and assignments. All this continued for several weeks before I got help from my roommate Joe. Joe will remain forever indented in my heart for the much-needed help that he offered me throughout the time at the institution. This was the combined by the challenging environment I encountered in my English classes. This lagged me behind in my program which worried my professors. It was with Joe’s help and working hard day and night that I finally was able to catch up and pass my examinations. After passing all the necessary levels at the school, I felt the need to transfer out of the institution. Luckily a friend I have known for a long time which had the same disability I had offered to help me transfer to the UMBC. I succeeded in transferring to UMBC as the year progressed.
After the transfer, the quality of education I received grew in leaps and bounds although not perfect. I had a lot of catch to do to be on par with my fellow students. The college community at UMBC has also been an essential part in the growth of my education due to their positive receptiveness to disabled students. The professors offer technical teaching that is easier to learn and understand. The administration has also been helpful in providing the necessary learning materials such as note-taker to assist the learning process. The professors allow flexibility in their time and also led learning materials to students.
The experience I have gained at the institution is different and better than all other schools that I have attended. The students’ rights in the institutions are respected without regard to gender sexual orientation or race. This provides an essential conducive environment for learning. I have also managed to learn two new sign languages with the addition to the lesson content and cultures. The school has greatly enabled me to improve my learning process since I transferred from Saudi Arabia. This has been by far one of the greatest achievement in my life. The school has been a success so far and am grateful for joining such a vibrant institution.
In conclusion, the challenge of obtaining the quality education has been a struggle throughout my life. It has sometimes taken toll of my education and my social life most times leaving me traumatized. I have however sworn to give my best in all I do as I aspire to achieve greater heights in my learning.