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My Journey to Become a Journalist With 22q Deletion Syndrome

I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing, which is almost unheard of for a lot of people with 22q deletion syndrome. I also have a driver’s license, so I guess I’m luckier than most, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

When applying for jobs, I’m often left wondering if I should even list that I have a learning disability or a rare disease, since I struggle with math more than English. After I shared my story on the 22q support forum, someone from the 22q organization asked if they could interview me. Although I said yes, I was somewhat baffled.

When I was younger, I went to an Islamic school after spending elementary at a public school. I struggled to try to catch up to others in my

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