To Disclose or Not to Disclose: That Is the Question

You are sitting behind the computer screen filling out your college application. You proudly list your activities and accomplishments — salutatorian, six APs, string section leader for orchestra, state science fair runner-up, summer French language immersion camps, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and rock-climbing instructor. Then you arrive at the writing section where you can list Additional Information and are filled with angst.

Your mind races with questions and thoughts:

•Do I state I am dyslexic and have test anxiety?
•Do I list my accommodations?
•Will admissions officers see me as a liability?

You love this school and can imagine yourself on campus, heading to the French Alps for study abroad, starting a rock-climbing club ...


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About Lauren Joyce Hensel

Lauren is an independent education consultant pursuing a certificate in independent college counseling from the University of California Irvine. During her master's program in public administration, she found her love of educational policy and advocacy. Her oldest son is twice-exceptional and attends an international school in Europe, where she has championed for increased access to services and better professional development for teachers. In her business, Launch Education Advisors, she inspires and mentors students to reach their full potential. Her specializations are expat, international, third culture, and twice-exceptional students in addition to student-athletes. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around Europe, sampling coffee, riding her bakfiets, and enjoying time with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Launch Education Advisors is a boutique education guidance consultancy focused on providing post secondary guidance to expat/international, twice-exceptional, and global-minded families. Connect with Launch on Facebook and Twitter (@launchedad).