Happy holidays from Dyslexic Kids’ founders Scott Forsythe (age 19) and Alex Forsythe (age 17)! What a semester we’ve had! We’ll be finishing up with final exams today (whew!).
For Scott, it’s been a grueling but fun first semester of college. Purdue’s computer engineering program is quite challenging whether you’re dyslexic or not! Dyslexia and dysgraphia made college even more interesting now and then, especially since one of the professors requires that all work be handwritten (handwriting answers on homework and exams is not Scott’s best skill!). Scott’s grateful for the full ride scholarship (covers all college expenses – tuition, room, board, books, and more) which allows him to concentrate on his studies and related pursuits – he was chosen as the vice-president of IEEE, he’s active in the physics, computer science, and engineering organizations, he’s working directly with the dean of engineering developing a project that will benefit all of the engineering students, and he’s been continuing his dedication to community service by volunteering for several organizations, including Limberlost State Historic Site. His creations for Limberlost were recognized as Official State Legacy Projects by the state of Indiana! Scott’s excited about the events coming up in the spring and summer – he’ll be representing the college in the worldwide Global Game Jam computer programming competition, he’ll be studying abroad in Italy (paid for by scholarship), then he’ll be returning to his software development job at NASA – the best job in the world!
Alex is only a junior in high school, but as of today, she has already racked up 25 college credit hours with a 4.0 GPA! She tested out of many college courses (AP exams are tough!), and she’s been taking dual credit courses at 3 local universities this semester! Plus, she aced both the ACT and SAT, scoring in the top 1% in the nation on both exams! Since she’s planning to dual major in electrical and computer engineering, and dual minor in computer science and math, she’s trying to get as many classes out of the way as possible. She’s well on her way! She’s still the author of the Bird of the Month for the Indiana Audubon Society, and a program developer for Limberlost State Historic Site earning too many state and local awards for her work to list here. Plus, she’s Purdue Extension’s Science Ambassador for the County, the state champion in computer science this year, and spokesperson for the Midwest R2 Builders. She and the life-size, fully functioning R2-D2 that she built from scratch (from welding to circuit board design to computer programming) travel to schools and other organizations to talk about STEM fields. Not bad for someone who’s dyslexic and dyscalculic!
It’s been a fantastic semester, and we’re ready to end 2016 by packing up and making the rounds to spend time with family and friends. We’ll see you in January!
Have a joyous season!