Josh’s Run: How a student with learning disabilities is clearing hurdles in pursuit of a degree
Thanks to supportive parents and the staff of Wye River Upper School for college-bound students in Centreville, Md., Josh gained a fresh perspective that helped him to grow as a person. “I came to learn at Wye River to embrace my differences and I don’t let anyone, like, tell me otherwise.”
The pandemic created new hurdles for Josh as he finished high school and started to pursue a liberal-arts degree at a community college. He struggled in the online environment. Then he found Beacon College, a private institution for students with learning disabilities in Leesburg, Fla. Here, Josh studies in a supportive setting. He maintains his physical health and manages muscle issues in his legs as a member of the track team. Participating in the theater program helps his mental well-being.
“What I like about performing is that it gives me a chance to kind of become something different, to kind of like get away from anything in the real world that is either bothering everyone or bothering us individually, and just allow the imagination to kind of take over.”