I’m not sure if you remember me, however, a former Adelphi University Learning Resource Program graduate just wants to say thank you!
Over 20-years ago I was a kid with dyslexia and had a lot of worries. Will I get into college? Will I ever learn to read or write well? Will I make a good living? Will I ever be able to support a family? I now have the answers to these questions and thought you would be interested in hearing how well things are going.
Professionally, I have created a successful career in the healthcare industry, now making over six-figures. I currently work with Blue Cross Blue Shield and support our sales team selling our most complicated products. This includes speaking to hundreds of professionals each month. Wow… I sometimes can’t believe all these folks want advice from me… the LD kid J.
Personally, I now have a family of my own, live in an exclusive area in North Carolina, and am loving life!
But how can this kid with dyslexia who could barely read in college accomplish so much? Two primary reasons!
This is why I want to thank you. The LR Program at Adelphi University truly made a difference in my life and I would not be the person I am today without it.
This has gotten me to realize that I want to help others with the same worries I had over 20-years ago. Therefore, if you ever want me to speak to other students around the challenges I have overcome, I would be happy to do so.
Thanks again for making such a difference in my life and keep up the great work!
My name is Danielle Monestere, and I was enrolled in your program while I was working on my degree in Audiology from 1996–1999. I hope you remember me! Anyway, I wanted to bring all of you up to date on what has transpired since I graduated from Adelphi.
After receiving my M.S. in Audiology, I had to take and pass national and state boards in order to obtain my license to practice, which I did on my first shot! I completed my fellowship and have been working in my family practice full time since 2001. No sooner did I finish the requirements for full licensure, then the Audiology governing body decided to make Audiology a doctoral profession which meant that I had to complete an additional 63 credits (21 classes) over my Masters degree! I am thrilled (and yet relieved) to say that I completed my doctoral degree in Audiology as of this past June (2005) in just over 2 years. Talk about stress; working full time AND working on my doctoral degree full time was no easy task. And I graduated with a 3.94 average! I got A’s in 20 classes and one B (grrrr. ha ha). Now I can proudly call myself Dr. Monestere, and I have all of you to thank.
The purpose of this letter is to thank each and every one of you for believing in what you do, and especially for believing in me. I was ready to give up on Audiology completely that summer before I started working with Glenn and Sharyn. My spirit had really been broken, and with the help of Susan and Dr. Alan Sadovnik, I was given a second chance by being enrolled in your program. To this day I am so very grateful for and have never forgotten what you did for me. You showed me that I could perform up to my potential and helped me to restore the self-confidence I have today.
I hope everything is going well for all of you. I know that your program has had, and will continue to have, many wonderful success stories like mine. Thank you again for all of the academic and personal support I received during a very rough and trying time of my life.
Doctor of Audiology