Prompt: Your academic interests, personal perspectives and life experiences will add much to Gallaudet’s diverse community. Describe a personal experience that shows what you will bring to Gallaudet’s diverse community While attending Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, Ms. Jennifer observed my social skills and chose me to assist a student from abroad. His name was Akeem. I was told to teach him American Sign Language. Akeem was born in Africa and came to the United States with his family. We became friends, He taught me about the way they dressed and how things are done differently. I started teaching Akeem the basics of American Sign Language. As time went on, Akeem advanced to American Sign Language and English. A few weeks later I was transferred to Model Secondary School for the Deaf, and sadly, that was the end of our relationship. I transferred to Model Secondary School for the Deaf because I was living in a shelter. My experience in the shelter made me feel hopeless, angry, embarrassed and very unhappy. My attitude towards the teachers and staff became very disrespectful and rude. I was suspended multiple times and as a result, I was expelled. Being sent back home was good thing for me. Soon afterwards, my mom found an apartment. Living in my new apartment made me feel great. I became a new student at a mainstreamed school, Therrell School of Health Sciences and Research. Another result of my expulsion from Model Secondary for the Deaf was that they gave me all Fs and I had to repeat the 11th grade. This was disappointment and made my first year at Therrell very frustrating. That really made me think about my future, and I knew at that point it was time for a positive change. I’ve passed all parts of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. I took a course that taught students about punctuality and discipline, which broadened my understanding. Gallaudet would be a...
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