Edward Yee, DAS Student Alumni

“I never really saw dyslexia as something to overcome but a strength/tool to make use of. Throughout my schooling years, I was able to solve problems differently from others and was never wholly able to solve them the conventional way taught by teachers. Dyslexia also helped me understand that it is okay to fail; but to embrace and learn from mine and others’ failures, hence my favourite quote by Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

I did not make it to where I am today alone. My family has always supported me throughout and ever since I was young I have been told whenever I failed that I definitely could do well if I just put in the hard work. This has helped me develop a growth mind-set over time. To the other dyslexics, I will borrow the words of Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”