Today's and first Motivation Mckoy Monday "M3" Spotlight goes to entrepreneur and learning disabilities advocate, Shakira Rouse!
Shakira Rouse is a young professional and student with a passion for languages and education. As if balancing work and books were not enough, she recently added educator, advocate and entrepreneur to her resume. As an adult with a learning disability, Shakira regularly experienced emotional frustration and stress. But at 25 years old, this ambitious young woman has a vision to help change the learning experience for herself and other students, who face similar challenges and help them achieve success in their careers.
University did not go according to Shakira’s plans. She always attended classes, never procrastinated on her school work, completed all her readings, never pulled an all-nighter or spent a lot of time partying. Yet despite how hard she worked, she still received poor grades. Her professors mentioned to her that her marks did not reflect the student who articulated herself so well in class. Even with her professor’s feedback on how to improve, it was still a struggle. After a professor questioned Shakira’s university program choice, she became frustrated, doubtful of her abilities and lost confidence within herself. It was only after confiding in a friend about her learning disability and difficulties in school, she then was able to finally get help and the support she was missing.
In 2011, Shakira graduated university with a BA in Hispanic Studies. She was happy yet not satisfied. So in 2013, she went back to school to finish her French degree and started a minor in Inclusive Education. Through her studies in Inclusive Education, Shakira was able to put the missing pieces of the puzzle together in her life. After taking a course titled "Learning Disabilities", Shakira finally had a deeper understanding of her "Learning Advantage" and was able to tap into why she experienced such a hard time in school.
Today, Shakira has a business titled "Special Compass" which is an educational service centred for students with learning disabilities and special needs. Her mission is to make a difference in education for those with learning challenges and to help ensure that no student has to relive the frustrations she had faced. It is her goal to help make learning fun not challenging.
Her dream is to open an educational learning centre that will help cater to the needs of students with intellectual disabilities. Through empowerment, Shakira wants to help students discover their talents and strengths despite their disabilities.
Twitter: @MissSRouse | Email: Rouse.email@example.com