Monday, March 25, 2019

Never Give Up #authorrachelkaplan #nevergiveup #beyourself

When I was born I had low muscle tone.  It was hard for me to walk and talk.  I had to go to physical therapy. I had to learn sign language.  Later in life I found out I had anxiety. Then I found out I had dyslexia. I did not learn how to read until High School. So, to learn letters and sounds I watched so many Disney movies and musicals.  I picked up letters and sounds from movies.  I was always picked on because I could not read.  In school I had to always pretend I could read because I did not want my classmates to know.

In High School I finally learned to read from my reading teacher who never gave up on me.  But, I was still getting picked on.  In my Junior year of High School I joined choir.   I felt happy because I felt like everyone else.  My last year of high school I decided to take choir, drama and film studies.   I loved film studies because I got to watch so many fun classics movies.  At the end of the year we had an award ceremony and I got an award for outstanding achievement.  I did not expect it at all.  I got a standing ovation from my whole class.

 I felt so happy and proud of myself.  I never gave up and that is the best feeling in the world. So thank you to all of my teachers for not giving up on me.  What I learned is to never give up and always be yourself .


  1. I am so very, very proud of you!

  2. Rachel, I loved reading your reflection about learning to read in high school. I enjoyed being part of your educational journey and am so impressed with how you continue to push yourself to do such amazing things!
    Shelley Evans (Carlin)

  3. Thank you so much I really truly appreciate it