This post is a small little rant that I feel passionately about.

I am the type of person that loves to write creatively but needs 20 different people to re-read my work because I still am not confident with where a comma goes.

I know what you’re thinking, “Kacey, how are still having problems with this?” And to answer your question, I have no idea.

So here is my small rant for you all. Commas are still hard, and I still misplace them. Sometimes I can’t spell certain words properly. I usually take out my phone to double check that I am spelling them correctly. Honestly I don't even use the word I can’t spell and I just find a word similar to the one I wanted to use. Lastly, I sometimes mispronounce words and feel dumb.

Guess what? I don’t let these struggles get in my way when it comes to writing. I believe these problems happen to more than just me, and I feel like those people need to realize that it is okay and they are not alone.

Throughout my school career I was told I had an English disability and was discouraged to pursue higher education right after high school. I believe anyone with a learning disability should be able to reach for any goal they want and not settle for small goals like some schools make them do.

Being marked as having a learning disability made me feel small. I felt that I had to try 20 times harder than the kids next to me, and in high school I told myself I didn’t need the extra help. So I pushed myself and got rid of that extra help. Sure, I wasn’t an A+ student, but I got my Bs and Cs by myself with my own hard work.

Never in a million years did I think I’d be going to a university for journalism. My first reaction to writing was that I hated it - I was terrible at it and I couldn’t find it as a passion. But by coming to ISU, I have learned so much.

COM 161 is by far one of the best classes I have taken and has improved my writing skills 110 percent. There I found my love for writing and couldn’t be more passionate about writing then I am now.

Dr. McHale is the most inspirational professor I have ever had. He has taught me that nothing is perfect unless we keep trying and shooting for perfection. He has encouraged me to do many great things so far while being at ISU and I couldn’t thank him enough.

I still get confused with commas and with writing, but I have learned so much in my first year here at ISU and couldn’t be more proud of what I am able to accomplish here. To anyone with a learning disability, or anyone that has trouble with commas or silly mistakes, just know that you can overcome so much more when you just push yourself to your greatest.

KACEY NICHOLS is a blogger for The Vidette. Any questions or comments concerning her blog can be sent to knicho5@ilstu.edu

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robertakonrad

It's a very nice article and you're doing a great job! I've studied journalism too and now am working as a writer at SameDayPapers. I think I've done what I wanted to in this sphere so I hope you'll be doing great too!

mamabird

You're a hard worker and an inspiration to anyone who's been in "the same boat". Keep up the awesome work, kiddo!

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