Being born and raised in a family which is headed by two smart professors at the Catholic University of Leuven, I was always taught to use everything I had. However, early on, I noticed that
my theoretic skills were far inferior to those of my classmates. I had to struggle through every class of French, because I didn't learn languages as easy as the other kids.
Because my very high intellect in practical learning however, I could always hide this difficulty.
As a teen, dyslexia was discovered in our family. When they diagnosed my sister for it, my parents got me tested as well. As I was a very proud kid, I wouldn't accept any help.
I struggled to make it on my own, and successfully went a long way in Economics. When at the end of
the fourth year of high school, I had done my year well for the courses in which I had to deal with
logical problems and had to think practical. For my languages, I had big gaps with the other students. In the end, I was forced to choose to either redo my year, or to "lower" my gaze to a more technical
I chose to get deeper involved in informatics, because my knowledge on the subject had substantially grown in my spare time.
I went to the Catholic University-College of Leuven (now University College of Leuven Limburg or
UCLL) to get my Bachelors degree in Applied Informatics.
As my interests in Economics had never diminished, for my minor I chose Business Solutions. There we learned how informatics are used in the business and not solely to program.
We learned the many ways to implement not only code, but also CRM packets, how to make Functional Analysis's and how to help business managers take good decisions.
In this more practical study, I was often faster then the courses in the class.
In the second year, I took external classes to learn how to code in Objective C (for iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, ...).
In Linden, close to Leuven, you can find the Eureka School. This school is a part of Eureka Leuven, a larger business which is all about helping people with learning difficulties,
like dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism and others.
I came in contact with Anny Cooreman, the founder of everything Eureka. She and Lucas Hermans asked me to start a little project about e-learning with them.
After a summer with a lot of development, they asked if I would spend my internship with them.
Eureka is a company which requires flexibility and a want for learning from their employees.
The thing I take away the most from my experience here requires you to know their moto, which I have taken over a little bit myself.
In Dutch it says "Van mankement tot talent", which roughly translates to "From weakness to talent". Dyslexia forces one to think different, and that is what I learned the most.
To think different, is to approach problems from another angle.