Hi, my name is Logan Darr and I am now a sophomore here at East Carolina University. Lets just say learning hasn’t always been easy for me. Ever since I was little I’ve always had trouble concentrating and understanding things inside and outside of the classroom. I was only five-years old when my parents found out that I had ADHD from me struggling in class. Over time we discovered that I had other learning disabilities, such as written and reading comprehension, auditory processing, and short-term memory.
When I got to high school, I was able to get accommodations to take quizzes and tests for classes in an empty room so those around me wouldn’t distract me. Along with that, I had extended time and was allowed for teachers to read the tests to me. Doing this improved my scores drastically, which made me feel more confident. I accepted the fact that I had to study longer and harder than everyone else; as long as I tried my best I was happy. Staying after with my teachers also made a huge impact on my grades and learning. All of these skills that I have learned throughout my life has helped prepare me for college.
Being here at East Carolina University and being accepted into the STEPP program has been life changing by making me feel more comfortable with my disabilities. I found out about the STEPP program from my College Consulting Collaborator, Lori Vise. Without her I don’t think I would have known about this incredible program. I got accepted into the STEPP program here at ECU to help me with my learning disabilities. It has made a huge difference in my school performance, helping me succeed and support me through my schoolwork and classes. I have come such a long way from not loving my disabilities to being grateful for them. My learning disabilities have put me where I am today, being driven to work hard at anything that comes my way. I now know that it is important to get those close bonds with your teacher and to seek help when I need it. It puts you in a good position in class and shows your teacher that you actually care and work hard. Staying on top of your work, not procrastinating, and managing your time are other key things that I have learned, which helps make life so much easier and less stressful. These critical good habits that you develop will stick with you and can carry them on to other important things for the rest of your life.
Last year I was offered an internship, along with it being a job, of being the website manager for College STAR. This being the first job I have ever had, it is exciting but nerve-racking at the same time. I am responsible for adding pictures to the articles, and once being reviewed, to then publish them once a week to the blog. Along with that, I monitor the Pinterest and Twitter sites, adding new pins and tweets to them. I am here to improve the overall view of the College STAR site, to suggest ideas to help benefit the blog, and for it to be more known. This will help improve my graphic design skills and I am excited for this incredible experience.
Overall, I have grown as a person because of my disabilities, learning from the past, and figuring out what helps me learn better. Being accepted into the STEPP Program has been a blessing and makes me more confident that I will be able to succeed at ECU. I don’t know where I would be today without the help from my teachers and family and am thankful for all of their support. I am thrilled to start this new upcoming job opportunity and can’t wait to see where it will take me in life.