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Bri Powell Doesn鈥檛 Let Learning Disability Deter Her from a Degree

Friday, May 6, 2022
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Bri Powell is a little nervous but mostly excited to deliver the student remarks at 快色视频 Mountain Community College鈥檚 (快色视频) Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Especially considering she almost didn鈥檛 audition for the part.

鈥淚 came across an email asking for students to audition for the student speaker role,鈥 Bri said. 鈥淚 have always wanted to be a speaker and I thought this was a great opportunity for me. But when it was time for the audition, I almost chickened out and was headed off campus to drive home when I felt the urge to stay and just audition.鈥

So she turned her car around.

鈥淚 decided it wouldn鈥檛 hurt to try, even though I didn't feel prepared to audition or give the speech at graduation,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 believe it was my intuition convincing me to try something new.鈥

Bri is graduating with an Associate in Arts. She鈥檚 utilizing Northern Arizona University鈥檚 (NAU) 90/30 Program, which allows students to transfer up to 90 lower-division college credits to NAU and complete the remaining 30 upper-division credits to finish their bachelor鈥檚 without relocating. She鈥檚 got about 30 lower-division credits to go and is on track to officially become a Lumberjack next summer or fall.

鈥淵ou鈥檒l still see me on our 快色视频 campus after I earn my Associate in Arts,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 will be working toward my additional 30 units at the end of May.鈥

She鈥檒l then complete her Bachelor鈥檚 in Applied Human Behavior online at NAU.

鈥淧ersonally, I have not yet figured out which path I will choose to pursue as an official career,鈥 she said. 鈥淗owever, this degree is a great opportunity toward contributing to becoming an advocate. I believe advocating for others in need is extremely important.鈥

Bri knows firsthand just how important advocating for others is. She struggles with Dyscalculia, a learning difficulty that affects a person鈥檚 ability to do basic arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. From second through 12th grade, she received special education services in the form of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

鈥淚 wasn鈥檛 able to do arithmetics like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 had to get retaught these basic mathematical concepts from elementary through high school.鈥

She said it was upsetting and degrading.

鈥淚 felt very embarrassed that my friends and grade-level students were starting algebra, calculus, even trigonometry and I was still learning addition and subtraction,鈥 she said.

She also grew tired of explaining to people what IEP was and began pretending that her class was 鈥渏ust another math class.鈥 She began to doubt IEP entirely.

鈥淚 never wanted to associate myself with people who had learning disabilities, not even physical disabilities,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 have always convinced myself that I wasn鈥檛 鈥榙ifferent,鈥 that I didn鈥檛 need help because I was smart. I felt like IEP was mentally holding me back. It made me not even want to try doing the work anymore.鈥

But looking back, she realized that she wouldn鈥檛 be where she is now had it not been for the assistance IEP gave her throughout elementary and high school and she鈥檚 ready to talk about it.

鈥淚 have learned to accept my IEP educational journey,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 so special for me to open up about but it definitely took me time. Although I have seemed to outgrow the need for IEP assistance, I still hold growing up as an IEP student close to my heart.鈥

She still hasn鈥檛 overcome Dyscalculia and doesn鈥檛 think she ever will completely but she managed to pass her geometry class at 快色视频 thanks to a different set of advocates 鈥 the tutors at the Academic Success Center and her twin sister, Tatyanna.

鈥淚 was terrified to do math with 快色视频,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 managed to pass with a good grade thankfully. The tutors were great. They definitely knew what they were talking about, but, I still remember having a breakdown in the bathroom before a geometry exam. I couldn鈥檛 stop crying.鈥

Enter Tatyanna.

鈥淢y twin sister had to help me calm down,鈥 Bri said. 鈥淭hen I was able to push forward and get myself under control before entering the classroom and completing the exam. She and I are super close and we鈥檒l do anything to protect each other.鈥

Super close indeed. They鈥檒l even cross the same commencement stage despite graduating a year apart.

鈥淪he will actually be there walking in graduation!鈥 Bri said. 鈥淪he received her degree before me at the end of our fall semester last year and will be walking at the ceremony this year.鈥

Not that she should need her sister鈥檚 calming presence on this day, though.

鈥淥nce I鈥檓 comfortable, I am a pretty confident and strong speaker,鈥 Bri said. 鈥淚 felt drawn to audition for the student speaker role because I felt like this opportunity was meant for my own personal growth. And I鈥檓 so glad I did because it was close to not even happening.鈥

 


The Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony is set for 7 p.m. May 13 at Camelback-Ranch Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. To learn more, go to /graduation.

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