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I am a junior in the Special Education Collaborative program at Southern Connecticut State University. In the very little free time that I have I enjoy reading and spending time with family.

Catherine Pelley

#WalkMyWorld #LE10

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I’ve been waiting to complete until more people posted . I got so busy these last few weeks of classes, but I finally had some time to look through the feed at everyone’s posts. I have chosen to compare my story to Erinn Coady’s. I have never met Erinn, but I have been able to get to know her through her blog posts in this class. has taught me that family is very important to Erinn and me. We both realize that if it weren’t for our families our lives would be very different. We owe all that we are today to them. I also learned that Erinn is a very positive person. She chose a vase of flowers to represent the shape of her life which I thought was very symbolic. The flowers in a vase are constantly changing for newer more vibrant flowers as are the aspects of our lives. If something isn’t going the way that we want it is okay because soon enough something better is going to come along in its place. Finally, I learned Erinn and I are both uncomfortable about silence. I love noises because having too much silence makes me anxious. Erinn questioned why she hates silence so much in .  Although I have never met Erinn, participating in the events has helped me realize just how much we have in common. I’m sure eventually our paths will cross at SCSU, but until then, keep up the positive attitude! 


Here is a link to my storify where I discuss all of my learning event posts.

Here is a link to Erinn's blog where she discusses all of her learning events.

Catherine Pelley

#WalkMyWorld #LE9

1 min read

Here is the link to my Storify showing all of the learning events I have done so far and what i have learned from each of them!


Here is a link to my twitter account where I tweeted about it!

Catherine Pelley

#WalkMyWorld #LE6

1 min read

Miracle in the mundane.


The mundane sound that I hear everyday is the clicking sound of keys on a keyboard. Whether I am at school ferociously taking notes on my laptop, tweaking papers in bed at 2am, or using the cash register at work, I am constantly typing something. The clicking sound of keys has come to be a background noise in my everyday life. To some people, this noise is like nails on a chalkboard, but to me, it's the sound of hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. If this sound wasn't a part of my life it would mean that I wasn't working hard to accomplish my dream. With every click I am one step closer to becoming a teacher, having a career, and living the life that I have always wanted.


Catherine Pelley

Walk My World Learning Event #5

4 min read


 For this week's learning event we were asked to share an obstacle or turning point in our lives. This past summer I had spinal fusion surgery to correct my scoliosis. I have struggled with this condition for my entire life, but it didn't really start to interfere with my life until I was eleven years old. This was when my curvature started to become noticeable so my pediatrician referred me to a scoliosis specialist at Yale. At my first, and only appointment with him, I was told that my curvature was so bad that I would need to be put in a back brace until I was completely done growing. This was supposed to help stop my curvature from increasing so that I would not need surgery. I was a cheerleader and I knew that if I was put in a back brace I would never be able to continue doing the sport that I loved so much. My mom agreed so she did hours of research and found the top rated pediatric orthopedist in the country, Dr. Eberson. After pulling a few strings she was finally able to get me an appointment with him so that we could get a second opinion. The only problem was that he worked out of Hasbro Children's hospital in Providence, RI, three hours away from my home in Hamden, CT. That didn't stop my mom from ensuring that I saw the best possible doctor. After meeting with him for the first time he told me that I was eligible for the "Providence back brace" that he and a colleague created. It was a back brace that only had to be worn when I slept so I could continue doing everything that I normally did. Although I didn’t want a brace at all, this news was certainly better than the first. I wore the providence back brace every night for three years. My curvature didn’t improve, but it didn’t get any worse either.

My scoliosis never really bothered me. It was just there. I was a cheerleader for ten years and was more flexible than any of my teammates. When I graduated high school, however, my back began to ache every day. The pain was so bad during my freshman year of college that whenever I wasn’t working or going to classes I was at home with a heating pad pressed against my spine. It became so painful that I knew something was wrong. I went to Providence, RI to meet with my doctor hoping that my curvature wasn’t starting to increase all of a sudden. The news was good. My curvature was stable, but the pain that I was feeling was because of the stress that my curve was putting on my back muscles. I was told that the only way to fix this was to have corrective surgery which would require attaching two steel rods to my spine through spinal surgery.

I had no idea how I’d be able to have surgery and continue going to school without taking any time off, but somehow I managed to do it. I had surgery as soon as classes got out last spring, and spent all of summer break recuperating. Fall semester was tough because I was still in a lot of pain, but I managed not to miss a single class and made it onto the Dean’s list.


Having spinal surgery has definitely been the hardest obstacle that I have ever had to overcome. I feel so much happier now that I am no longer in pain, and am so blesses to have such a devoted mother who made sure that I had nothing but the absolute best care.  I never would have been able to get through this without her.

Catherine Pelley

#WalkMyWorld Learning Event 1

1 min read

My journey begins as I fall 180 feet. The feeling when you pull the rip cord and begin to soar through the sky is the most exhilerating feeling. As a "flew" through the sky I felt like I could do anything. If I successfully accomplished something so scary, then I knew I could do anything I set my mind to. I welcome all of life's adventures and challenges with open arms. This is where I begin, where do you?#LE1 " width="633" height="633" />