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A: It used to be going to school every day and going to the gym afterward. Then, I would do massive amounts of school work.
Last semester I finished 10 classes. The only reason I didn't graduate was that I have to do a senior presentation. I have done all my practices. I only need to set a date for my presentation.
Q: Why did you take 10 classes last semester?
A: I went to talk to the school principal and I told him I only wanted to graduate one semester late.
I finished, becoming the Rotary Club Student of the Quarter that semester. This semester, I only go one day a week to school to practice my presentation.
Q: What is your presentation about?
A: It's about how to help autistic and dyslexic children. I am dyslexic. I failed my freshman and sophomore years. I was about to drop out of high school.
I received dyslexic help by attending AIM High School. I realized the alternative school had a curriculum that was slower and helped me understand the information better.
Q: Could you explain dyslexia?
A: When we read a word, we have a mental picture of that word. If I read "elephant," I can visualize an elephant. Words that don't have a mental picture confuse us. We get our letters mixed up.
I plan to work with my father and grandfather to help kids with dyslexia. I want to become a facilitator.
After I finish with my field work, I aim to be licensed to work as an independent contractor and approved to teach the Davis method, and help students to not drop out of school.
Q: Are you planning to go to college?
A: Yes, I am. I want to major in psychology and minor in business. I want to go to the University of Phoenix at the branch in San Francisco. The school has all the classes that I need. I plan to move to California in the next two months.
Q: Do you play any sports?
A: No. When I go to the gym I like to run even though with my body type I can't run very far. I do light weight lifting.
I want to make sure I'm healthy. I eat large quantities of food and going to the gym makes me feel better. I have also a family history of diabetes.
Q: I heard you like dressing up as Santa Claus during Christmas season.
A: I figured I could help out by playing Santa Claus for all of the small kids that go to childcare at the school, and maybe do a little fundraising for the school by charging $1 for a picture.
Q: What else do you like to do when you're not in school?
A: I play video games, and I like to hang out with my friends. I liked the "Hunger Games" books.
I like to draw with charcoal, pencil and watercolors. I don't like acrylic. I like watercolors because it is not meant to be seen up close. It's meant to be seen from a distance to see all the colors blend together.
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; firstname.lastname@example.org
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