Throughout the years I have struggled through my studies. I always just made it by and then freshman year in high school it all fell apart. I was not passing any of my classes and I was frustrated. My guidance counselor and other school staff decided that it would be a good idea to have me tested within the special education department. The results to a few week testing period was that I have a language based learning disability, weak math skills, struggle staying on task and test very poorly. Finding this information out was music to my ears. The solutions to my problems were going into a specialized English class, which covers the same materials as academic English but we move at a different pace. I also took a Strategies course which I was privileged to have in my school. The strategies course helped more than I could explain. The course taught me how to take notes that coincide with my learning style, test taking tips to get me through long exams, and different methods of learning. Since taking these courses I have been doing better in class, and now have set a long term goal for myself. I want to give back to students like me and become a Special Education teacher. I want to teach a strategy course like the one I took myself; differently I would like to teach it in a middle school. I believe that if I had been shown these strategies in middle school, it would have been a smoother transition, and an easier high school career. My plan is to start my studies at Massasoit Community College and transfer to Bridgewater State University.