“I wasn’t stupid. I was just always confused on some things,” Uriel Oputa says, sharing her struggles with Dyslexia as a child.
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing.
In her vlog, Uriel explained that she struggled with the condition until a teacher approached her and asked her to take a dyslexia test.
After the test, she was taught how to manage it.
Dyslexia is a learning condition and it simply means that you’re not stupid but you learn things at a different pace or you learn things differently from other people when somebody might give you a maths test and you look at it saying, “what is this?”
I remember when I was six-years-old back in the UK, I was this skinny girl and I knew I wasn’t learning at the pace I was supposed to be learning, I was always confused on some things and I hated reading out loud, my handwriting was really bad and it’s still bad now.
I remember at six-years-old, having terrible handwriting and I was behind where I was supposed to be.
I remember the school was a fantastic school giving me extra help, which helped me progress on in life and in my education. That was when I knew that I was slightly different from the other kids and I was finding school harder than the other kids.
The next instant was when I went to the University. I struggled so much and it actually depressed me, to the point where I didn’t want to do it anymore.
I don’t care about my degree, I was struggling, I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t understand what was being taught and I would take notes and I’ll come back and be like, “hey, Uriel when they told you to go and solve your handwriting and you that you wrote this note, you cannot even understand what you have written.”
So, I would go home and wouldn’t understand my own handwritting and it went on and I kept asking myself if I was dumb.
I was very angry and upset and one of the teachers came to me and said that I was articulate and speak very well and very creative, so they told me, “why don’t you do a dyslexia test?”
I asked what it was and I was told it was it was just a condition which means I learned things differently and I had to find different ways to adapt to my learning. Different and creative ways to learn and progress in life, get my degree and pass on into whatever I want to do.
I thought it sounded cool but I didn’t want everybody in my university thinking I need special help or stupid, so I was reluctant about it but when they told me that if they found out I was dyslexic, I’ll be given a free computer, so I did the test and they found out I was dyslexic.
It wasn’t like I was stupid, I understand what was being taught but I learned that I had issues with my eyes. With dyslexia, you’ll have issues with your eyes. When you read something on the black and white surface, your eyes don’t adjust to it.
How I overcame that was that they gave me a blue overlay, it was a blue see-through and you’ll put it over the black and white and then my eyes started reacting to colors, so I was able to read and digest what’s being read because of the color background.
So, I found out a lot of things. I found out that I loved talking. I still, hate to read in front of people.
Dyslexia is not something to be ashamed of. It is something you can use to better yourself. You learn different ways of learning. I’ve been to uni, I got my degree and I’m living my life. I’m glad that I took that test.
I’m trying to talk to people who are going through hard times in school, I’m not saying that you’re dyslexic, I’m just saying there is always a way out of any situation especially education. There’s always a way around it.
It’s just asking and inquiring if you need extra help. There’s no shame in asking for extra help especially when things are getting so stressful.