Learning Ally - National Achievement Awards: Auburn Stephenson

Auburn Stephenson

Bel Air, MD

Winner of Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards(LTL) for Students with a Learning Disability

Auburn Stephenson

Auburn is currently a freshman at Boston College, aiming to major in biochemistry, pursue a Doctorate and eventually work in a biochemical laboratory. Her diagnosis of having orthographic dyslexia didn’t come until she was 17. Prior to that, she says that she was left in the dark when it came to reading. “Embarrassed by my self-perceived stupidity, I was hesitant to raise my hand and wanted to disappear whenever called upon in class.” After being introduced to Learning Ally by a tutor when she was a junior in high school, she first downloaded Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and then “sat in disbelief, as I was able to finish my reading assignment (that normally would have taken three or four hours to complete) in an hour and a half. Learning Ally not only made reading easier and more enjoyable, but it provided me with something that everyone craves: time. A slight change in perspective, like relying on your ears and not only your eyes, can make a big difference in the way you look at a problem. Now I know there are multiple ways to understand and learn new concepts.”

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