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Lacey Paul

Photo of Lacey Paul

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Year in school: Freshman

Disability: Sleeping Disorder (Idiopathic Hypersomnia) and Chronic Migraines

What are your future endeavors?: I am majoring in photojournalism in hopes that I can tell the stories of those whose voices need to be heard the most.

What are your hobbies?: Photography, reading, and watching movies.

What has been your greatest challenge so far at MU?: Taking a 6 credit Italian course has proven to be very challenging. The work load at times has proven difficult, but I enjoy learning a new language and the culture that it holds. 

What would you like people to know about your disability?: 

My disability is what can be considered “invisible.” You can not see that I have a sleeping disorder by my physical appearance, nor the pain I experience when battling a severe migraine. Many people experience similar disabilities, and that does not make us “lazy” or “rude.” It simply makes us human.

What would you tell a student who has a disability like yours?: 

That at times, people will not understand and think differently of you; however, the people who truly care about you will understand and help you in your times of need. At times, all I can do is go to sleep when I have a severe migraine. Or I have to cancel plans with friends because I am too tired to go out. Regardless of what disability you have, never feel bad for having it. "The people who mind, don’t matter. And the people who matter, don’t mind." 

What advice would you give to a new student at MU?: 

To understand that college is difficult, and everyone struggles with one thing or another. If you’re struggling in a class, its okay to ask for help. If you are having roommate problems, its okay to change rooms. If you only have a small group of friends, understand that you only need a couple of close friends. You will experience challenges everyday, but how you handle them is what will guarantee your success at MU.

In what way has the Disability Center made a difference in your experience so far?: 

The Disability Center has helped take a major weight off my shoulders. I am able to talk to my professors about my disability and not let it effect my grade in the class. Thankfully all my professors thus far have been very understanding because they had knowledge of the Disability Center’s purpose prior to the class.

Why did you apply for the Meek Scholarship? What did you do with the money?: 

I applied for the Meek Scholarship because I believe that a disability should not effect my education. Being able to put that money towards my tuition helps so much. It gives me motivation to earn good grades and attend class. Helping to ensure my success as a student at MU.