Books + Comics

Sunday Comic: The Difference

I felt defeated. Then I focused on my strengths.


  • dobby_is_my_hero September 8th, 2013 12:18 PM

    This is wonderful, Kendra <3<3

  • Glenny September 8th, 2013 12:22 PM

    I love this. I’m really glad that I read it. It’s one of those pieces that allows people to really understand another’s point of view. The implications of the statement that “Many students, especially girls, are undiagnosed” are important for us to recognize too.
    Thanks Kendra and Rookie.

    • Majel September 9th, 2013 2:25 PM

      Why are especially girls undiagnosed? Where does this statement come from? I’m interested to know.

      • Lena September 10th, 2013 11:47 AM

        Hi! This American Psychological Association article is about ADHD in particular, and was published ten years ago, but it helps explain why girls with learning differences have been underdiagnosed compared to boys:

  • Catelyn September 8th, 2013 12:31 PM

    WHO ARE YOU, BEAUTIFUL PERSON?! I FEEL YOU. I have a learning disability too!!!! I have NVLD and it’s been so hard to feel strong and confident. Thank you for posting this! It helps me to know I’m not alone. <3

    • zombiesockmonkey September 8th, 2013 11:00 PM

      <3 I have NVLD too. Not alone!

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  • speakthroughvision September 8th, 2013 12:36 PM

    Its so great to focus on a topic like this at last! This is so brave <3

  • PhoebesWorld September 8th, 2013 12:51 PM

    This is so cool!

  • flapperhatgirl September 8th, 2013 1:10 PM

    This basically describes me – thanks for this comic, it meant a lot to me.

  • zombiesockmonkey September 8th, 2013 1:12 PM

    As someone who also has a learning disability, I absolutely love this! I have been struggling lately with things like having to take extra time for tests so it’s always great to be reminded I’m not alone.
    I even recognize some of your strategies as things I do and I think learning difference is a great way to put it! This is one I’ll be sharing a lot.
    Thanks so much for posting this Kendra and Rookie!

  • Isabel2 September 8th, 2013 1:34 PM

    Reading this I felt a real connection because I suffer from the same type of learning disorder. Six years after my diagnosis I finally feel comfortable enough to tell people why I take tests in other rooms.
    I remember almost crying in class during seventh grade because I received outlines for the maps we had to draw and people wanted to know why.
    Than you for writing/drawing this because now I now other people feel just the same as me with this “learning difference” :)

  • Anna Scarlett September 8th, 2013 1:36 PM

    I love this.

  • wishrebel September 8th, 2013 2:15 PM

    I just started college and I have a learning difference, its been so hard so far but this really made my day! I feel like I should be able to stand up for myself in class because we’re all human beings with strengths and weaknesses. Thank you!

  • Princess Mononoke September 8th, 2013 2:18 PM

    Aw, this almost made me cry! You’re so sweet! I love your drawings, deffinately one of my favorite parts of rookie.

  • Naomi Morris September 8th, 2013 2:22 PM

    this was truly lovely kendra, and brave too

  • ColoredSoft September 8th, 2013 3:51 PM

    I love this so much. It reminds me when I was in elementary and I didn’t get math(I’m still bad at it)and the teachers would just dismiss me, which was frustrating. But one year, I was allowed to learn the content differently, and excelled. Maybe it was because the teacher really cared and pushed me, too. A lot of other teachers were not like that.

  • andreakristina40572 September 8th, 2013 4:05 PM

    Wonderful ♥ Absolutely love. I think this is something that a lot of people can relate to, and it’s a topic that is rarely ever discussed, very brave.

    On an unrelated note, I submitted an article to Rookie on my experiences on dealing with popularity and staying true to yourself. I know Rookie probably has dozens if not more e-mails to work with, but I was wondering approximately how long it’ll take for you guys to get back at me. Thanks ~

    • Danielle September 8th, 2013 5:25 PM

      Hi! We do indeed get a ton of submissions; it can take weeks and, unfortunately, sometimes more than a month for us to get back to you, but we do our best to respond to everyone. If you haven’t heard from us yet, hold on just a little bit longer! And we always appreciate your feedback, so definitely feel free to send us notes or comments to give us a little memory nudge. :)

  • emlyb September 8th, 2013 5:14 PM

    kendra, you and your wonderful comics never fail to enchant me.
    i have chronic fatigue syndrome which has really, really, REALLY affected my concentration, the ability to retain information (if it even goes into my brain in the first place), process it and everything else like that. my brain perpetually feels fuzzy, like when you don’t quite tune a radio station in quuuuuite enough, and the sound is a bit muffled and distant and just not quite ~there~. or like when you wake up in the morning and your eyes are all blurry from sleep.


  • Sophie ❤ September 8th, 2013 6:11 PM

    This is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  • Ana September 8th, 2013 6:30 PM

    I love this a lot Kendra! Very beautifully made and written <3

  • Gabby September 8th, 2013 7:27 PM

    this is beautiful <3

  • spudzine September 8th, 2013 7:30 PM

    I really love this comic! I really liked how you mentioned that many girls go through life undiagnosed, because I believe that’s very much true. Everyone learns in different ways, but administrators don’t seem to really pay attention to the fact that not everyone can succeed in the same way, and students go through life not getting the credit that they deserve.

  • laneinthesky September 8th, 2013 7:41 PM

    this is so beautiful! i would love to see more of your drawings Kendra!


  • GildedLocks September 8th, 2013 8:24 PM

    Thank you for writing about this, Kendra! As others have said, this topic is not discussed nearly enough. My learning difference (love that term btw) went undiagnosed for years, as it didn’t really catch up with me until high school; I went to an extremely academically competitive high school and my classmates placed a lot of judgement on those who weren’t taking numerous AP courses and getting straight A’s and a 36 on their ACTs. I remember spending virtually ALL of my spare time studying and doing homework and yet still doing poorly in school, and feeling hopeless and stupid for it.

  • nellie79 September 8th, 2013 11:45 PM

    You did an awesome job with this comic, very well thought out and done. I feel like learning disabilities are sort of hush-hush in schools.
    Although I do not have a learning disability, I did have a language delay ( as a young child and was on an IEP for a long time. I was developmentally behind by about 2 and 1/2 years compared to kids my age. I struggled for a very long time (I even repeated a grade) but I eventually did catch up. Unfortunately, I still struggle badly with math and my current and past math teachers dismiss(ed) me when they try to explain a question and I still don’t get it because they don’t know about my issues when I was a kid. I don’t think I’ll be able to get help from my school because I am no longer on an IEP, but I will definitely try some of your strategies to help me succeed in school. Sorry about the rant (this is also my 1st time posting on rookie after reading for a year).

  • Iona September 9th, 2013 2:31 AM

    Kendra! This is so great!! All through school I struggled with basic literacy and maths… I was never diagnosed with a learning disability but I never felt that the school offered a way to learn that actually worked for my brain!! It was so frustrating how easily everyone else seemed to grasp the work we doing and I didn’t!! Using creativity was the only way I could really express myself…. And the way I excelled. I am so glad you have used your creativity to make this beautiful comic!!

  • Halfaaperson September 9th, 2013 3:16 AM

    This is so great. I have all the same things as the girl in the comic. Except its called “dyslexia” here. I don’t know if you guys call it that too in the us. It’s nice to know someone else has been through the same stuff. It’s so important to focus on those good teachers. I’ve had many. But there are also the bad ones who simply call you stupid.

  • ocolli September 9th, 2013 6:01 AM

    YAY! :)

  • gems September 9th, 2013 7:59 AM

    I feel very identified. The difference: I treated this with medicines. I was always very sad and I could hardly express because I get blocked . I not recommend anyone. Later I forgot this bullshit and I learned to take my time and effort. I am glad that you can develop your concentration it’s very interesting . I love it.

  • Chloe22 September 9th, 2013 11:46 AM

    Learning difference instead of learning disability is a great way to put it, because it’s true! I don’t think I’ll ever understand why everyone has to learn and process information in the same exact way in order to be considered ”normal”. Everyone learns in a different way, each with it’s own advantages and weaknesses. Temple Grandin (a personal hero), actually considers her autism to be what makes her so talented in animal science. She doesn’t want to get rid of that. Very inspiring.

    • quixoticsouls September 15th, 2013 3:33 PM

      I completely agree with you! Perfectly said!

  • Harley September 9th, 2013 6:12 PM

    This is something I can somewhat relate to. I take notes for a disabled student in my Music Appreciation class. The student has chosen to remain anonymous, so I just make copies of my notes and then submit them to the professor so the student can pick them up later. I am happy to help!

  • Julianne September 10th, 2013 10:02 AM

    I love this so much.

  • Janis September 11th, 2013 11:11 AM

    love this!!!

  • quixoticsouls September 15th, 2013 3:31 PM

    I love the fact that people with learning differences, like myself, are being represented. This is so great, made my day. xox

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