Real Moms Share: Joshua’s Success Story
Two years later he graduated Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science. He won “The Heart of Dixie Award” that year for the student who had “overcome the most obstacles to receive their education”. When he won that award I cried tears from the deepest and most tender part of my heart. It was overwhelming in such a beautiful way. I could not believe that Joshua was a college graduate and had become a beloved student at his school even though he rarely stepped foot on campus.
The school graciously agreed to attempt to continue the accommodation into his second Bachelors of Science. He absolutely needed a mathematics degree to continue on in the educational progress he desired. This time, they hired students to video tape the classes and he would later watch them as the videos were downloaded. He learned to try to get ahead as much as possible on homework to compensate. Two more years of this accommodation lead to receiving a degree in his beloved mathematics.
Finding Talents and Personal Gifts
Joshua often says he feels this video-recording of all class sessions could be the solution for many students with varying educational difficulties, as students could watch the sessions over and over and work with their issues. He hopes in time all schools will have classroom cameras to help aid students who are either sick or struggling to be a part of their classroom setting. Online blackboard sessions with other students helped to give him that necessary peer feedback and support he needed to “thrive” .
Did I say that word? He THRIVED! What did it take? Well, it took an awesome college accommodation for starters, and an attitude of making progress step by hard step. I credit Joshua for getting where he is by simply taking one little bit at a time and finding his own personal niche. W hat’s the old joke how do you eat an elephant?….One bite at a time!
Joshua is amazing! All children with differing needs are amazing! Every child just needs to be given some room to explore their talents and find their personal gifts. The best thing I did as a parent was to throw the world’s yardstick away and measure our success one little step by one little step. I took to heart that advice from God to just love my child the way he was! Success wasn’t having Joshua graduate from college; success was having him become what he wanted to be. It will be a fun journey to see what that will be as he progresses and thrives!
Diane, thank you for sharing with us.
“Heart o f Dixie” Award
The Heart of Dixie award is presented to a student w ho has faced and overcome significant personal obstacles and yet found the strength and ability to succeed in their educational pursuits. The candidates are nominated by the cam pus com m unity and then nominees are contacted and asked to answer questions specific to their category. These materials are then review ed and narrow ed to a field of five finalists by a preliminary screening committee. The materials from the five finalists are then given to a head judge and committee who select the winner.