A young woman with learning difficulties has revealed how she was labelled ‘stupid’ by teachers and parents for wanting to be a high achiever.
But Phoebe has proven she is anything but stupid.
What seemed like an impossible feat for some, the woman went on to graduate from a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney.
Her early experiences in the classroom were far from positive, with one teacher making her cry in front of her peers because she couldn’t spell words correctly.
At the time, what everyone didn’t know was that there was a reason for her struggles, she had Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and ADHD.
But her crippling condition remained undiagnosed until her final semester.
Australian woman, known only as Phoebe, has proved she is anything but stupid after she achieved her bachelor’s degree
In a Facebook post, which was uploaded to photo-sharing website Imgur, the young woman hit back at critics after achieving her bachelor’s degree.
‘To the teacher in the HSC who told my parents I should drop a class because I would drag down other students grades,’ she wrote.
‘To the Uni teacher who told me “I obviously don’t care about my education” and made me cry in front of the class because I spelled words wrong.
‘To the parents who asked a teacher to not have their child sit next to me in maths because their child would “become stupid too”.
‘And to the education system that failed me, that told me I was only work my 49 ATAR… Well this post is for you.’
In her final semester, she was formally diagnosed with Dyslexia (reading disorder), Dyscalculia (difficulty in understanding numbers), Dysgraphia (difficulty writing coherently), and ADHD (attention difficulty).
And against all odds, Phoebe fulfilled her goal by completing her bachelor’s degree.
‘I have not only been able to finish my bachelor’s with only one semester of disability support but can proudly say have finished with one of the highest GPA’s of my course with the opportunity to do honours,’ she said.
In a Facebook post, which was uploaded to photo-sharing website Imgur, the young woman hit back at critics after achieving her bachelor’s degree
By sharing her story, she wanted people with learning difficulties to draw hope from her extraordinary experiences.
‘So to those people who shamed me for not fitting the criteria of the “perfect student”, watch your back because us disabled kids are smashing you at your own game in our own unique way,’ she added.
‘P.s shout out to my amazing friends, family and tutors who have always helped and supported me through my journey.’
Her post has since attracted more than 1000 comments, with many sharing their own stories about living with a disability.
Doctadeth wrote: ‘I was diagnosed as being vegetative by age 3. I am happily married, with my own house and working. It’s not a disability, it’s different ability.’
ButtonsAreForPushing said: ‘My story wasn’t so different. Didn’t get diagnosed as dyslexic until college either. Now, I’m a successful IT executive.’
And 8livesLeft posted: ‘I had a similar upbringing. Diagnosed with Dyslexia, told I was stupid to many times. Got 2 bachelor deg. Top of class. Now earn 200k/ year.’