A student that is defined by these three words should attend Pacific Lutheran University. Persistence. Hope. Mentor. These three words have significant meaning to me. Persistence in learning. Hope for a bright future. Becoming a mentor to others. I was in the third grade when I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I tested into the highest reading class because I compensated with my memory. However I fell behind in my assignments and struggled with the reading. I felt terrible, like I wasn’t as smart as everybody else. Since my school didn't offer any special assistance for children with learning disabilities my parents had to enroll me in an after school study program called Sylvan. It was through this one-on-one interaction that I was able to improve my grades dramatically. They understood my disability and were able to utilize various teaching methods to help me. Though the homework was difficult, my persistence paid off. It filled me with hope. Though I still struggled with reading constantly, in my education I’ve been able to understand my shortcoming and work around them. I attended University of Alaska Southeast after high school because it was a state school and entrance was easy. However I found my instructors weren't interested in furthering my education. There was a lack of guidance that left me feeling lost. Through my experience of struggling with a learning disability I feel compelled to help others so that they don't feel the same way that I did when I was younger. I believe that I have the ability to reach out to them like no one else can. I have first hand experience that one method of teaching won't reach everyone. I found that teachers that employed multiple teaching methods left me enthused. Teachers who strictly required reading and tested on reading left me behind and feeling less than adequate. I want to be the mentor that I needed when I was a child. Just like the tutor at Sylvan was for me. With enough persistence and hope I was able to achieve success. I feel my next step is to become a mentor for others who experience the same struggles. This is why I am attending PLU and entering the School of Education. Persistence. Hope. Mentor. These three words will be my story.