I have been very lucky to have had some successful University experiences; studying my undergraduate degree at De Montfort University (DMU) and then studying a postgraduate degree at Coventry University. I feel proud of these achievements and now want to share my experiences with you.
I must be honest with you, not every university experience will be positive. I studied at Southampton Solent University and though I dropped out after a year, it taught me some harsh lessons and showed me what to and not to do at DMU.
Having a disability definitely made my experiences more challenging and my eyes were opened up to the world of education, both the restrictions of it and the wonders of it. My advice which I will incorporate into this series will highlight the ups and downs to the application process and the experiences that you may have at University with tips for all students, including those with a disability.
I aim to start off by talking you through the application and decision making process to become an undergraduate student. The series will then take you through the processes, step by step; the positive and negative experiences you may or may not have during your time as a student. After providing this step-by-step content, I will feature a series of blog posts with the tagline #LOVEDMU, which details all of my great experiences at DMU, which is in Leicester.
After providing guidance on an undergraduate degree I aim to go forth and focus on taking you through the process of applying to study a postgraduate degree, for those who have considered studying a Masters degree, before concluding on my own experience of studying an MA degree at Coventry University.
My initial piece of advice is to those who have disabilities and are considering studying at university. I know how hard it is to try and look over the barriers and consequences of your disability but there are solutions to those matters, you just have to be open to adapting to what is in front of you. Do not let your disability hold you back, it may not be how you visualised your student experience, but you can still have the University experience that you want it to be!