Reading did not come easily to Sela. As a child she struggled to keep up with her peers as they progressed. Although her parents tried very hard to make Sela a strong reader at a young age, her dyslexia held her back. It wasn't until 2nd grade, when Sela was in a special reading class, that she was able to read a Junie B. Jones book on her own. In her reading class she learned techniques to help her sound out words and practiced reading aloud with a teacher. After learning to read on her own, Sela explored many genres of books. Many people, like Sela, enjoy reading for entertainment, enlightenment, information, and of course reading as a school requirement. To be a good reader you should challenge yourself. Sela progressed in her reading capabilities by continuously reading harder, and harder books. Reading books with confusing sentence structure and new vocabulary make you a better reader. Even though Sela wasn't the best reader, she still found it very enjoyable. Having an interesting book that captures your attention makes reading a lot more easy, and fun! Aside from picking the right book to read, the hardest part of reading for Sela is the vocabulary. As a dyslexic, it's difficult to sound out unknown words without letters getting mixed up in your mouth. Usually, Sela finds books to read from recommendations from friends and her parents. Sela normally reads fictional books. She loves sci-fi, mystery, and young adult novels. She is lured toward books that will take her away from reality, but are still relatable. Even though reading didn't come easily for Sela, she still loves it. Usually, you can find her reading before bed every night or when she's bored. And if you ever see her on a beach, there will most definitely be a book in her hand.
Sela is a writer in the sense that she can write. Like all high school students, she practiced writing throughout her whole school career, from learning the alphabet in kindergarten to writing five page essays in high school. After learning to read, writing came easily. People write for many reasons. Sometimes writing is required for school, and without thinking about it, you write in your day to day life. Many people enjoy writing as a way to destress or get things off their chest in a creative form. Writing can also be a passion for people who just enjoy creating works of art in written form, like poems and books. It takes a lot to be a good writer. Sela has learned much from English teachers and grammar classes, but there is more to writing than grammar and spelling. To be a better writer, practice. You can learn a lot from getting feedback on pieces of writing. Sela enjoys writing, but doesn't practice it much. Usually when Sela writes, it's for a school assignment, but she does enjoying commenting on controversial topics she feels strongly about. Topics to write about for essay prompts are sometimes tricky. Sela usually finds inspiration from friends, family, past experiences, and sometimes other pieces of writing. As a writer, Sela likes feedback, so she knows what she did well, and what could improve. Sela doesn't write at home often, and knows that she could improve her writing a lot. Overall, she feels she's pretty good at writing, but is excited to get better.