Learning Disabilities/learning support program/low SAT score at Bates
I have several questions:
1. I have strong learning disabilities (dyslexia and ADHD) and I was wondering how students at Bates with learning disabilities cope with their rigorous classes. How is the Learning Disabilities program at Bates? Could someone please give examples of what kind of accommodations are given (of course they would be different to every individual, but could someone name a few)?
2. Can strong grades (4.0 GPA with the International Baccalaureate diploma), VERY strong extra curricular activities and (im working on) a strong application essay compensate for my poor SAT score (1400, due to my strong learning disabilities) in the application? The SAT is simply not my kind of test! I know that Bates has a holistic approach to the application, but with a SAT score that low is it even worth bothering to apply?
3. In my application essay, should I bring up the subject of my learning disabilities? My college counselor told my me not to bring up anything negative about yourself in my application essay (I think she was hinting that I shouldn't bring it up). However, I think I need to comment on the subject as it is a huge part of my identity and on the contrary I think it has made me a stronger student (I want to discuss that in my application essay).
Thanks for your time!