At University with a Disability

Yes to University

You have said YES to University. Your mind is probably all over the place right now and you’re trying to make sense of your thoughts all while you’re trying to figure out what comes next. My first piece of advice to you is to take a breath.

Following your decision, there will be deadlines and tasks to complete before particular dates as well as to think about what you want to do or where you want to go.  All important questions, but what else is important is to not get swept away by all of it. Take it one step at a time. I agree there will be deadlines that you will have to meet now you have made your decision, but there’s no point in making these deadlines with such a distracted frame of mind. You are about to start a new chapter in your life, relish in it.

I would spend some time and talk to your friends and the people you trust the most to get their advice on this decision. Tell them what you’re most excited and nervous about and see if they can advise you or share their experience. It may help you get your mind straight before you start doing anything in the pre-preparation for going to University.

Next, I would break the process down and make a list for personal use consisting of all the things you need to do or remember.

  • What course do you want to study?
  • Do you have an idea of which University/Universities you would like to study at?
  • Would you like to live away from home or commute?
  • What are you looking for in a university and its campus?
  • Is there any city that you want to explore?
  • You may want to do something before you go to university, what is it?
  • Whose opinion do you trust the most and would you like to ask their advice on anything?
  • Name three things you want most looking forward to at University.
  • Give three negatives you are worried about when you go to University
  • Are there any extra things you need to research or find out before you go any further?
  • Is the environment accessible?
  • Add any other questions or notes to self you think may help you on your PERSONAL University journey

Most things your college or your support network will help you with but it is important to have a list such as this in the back of your mind as you’re preparing for the next step.

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