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Would you move away for college? (NOT UNI)

Sunny_Days
Sunny_Days Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi all,

I hope you are all well. I have asked this question before, but would like to ask it on this forum.

I have autism and mental health issues. My autism will of course never go away, but I am sure my mental health issues are be resolved soon. I am under a community mental health team, but they're overstretched. It's been a long time that I have been waiting for therapy.

Anyways, I have just turned 24 this month. I am looking to relocate next year (if all goes well) for college. I would like to have a second chance to do A-Levels as I started becoming ill when I was doing my first A-Levels when I was 19-years old.

I know what college I want to go to - but it's in Hampshire and I am in Essex. I don't mind moving to be near the college and I don't think money is an issue. However, I just really worry about being away from my mum. I'm worried she'd think I've abandoned her. I of course would be back, but I also want to go to university one day as well. I don't want to do an Access Course because I feel like they're not authentic qualifications.

I want to go down the traditional route and do A-Levels. But before I do my A-Levels, I want to do a level 2 course in Art and Design as my art skills aren't up the scratch (in my opinion).

So in total I'd be away from home for 3-years, but I would come home and visit in the holidays. I have always been under my mum's wing and never left her side, I feel like I'd be leaving her if I did move though.

I firstly need to get my mental health and weight issue sorted out first. This will probably take a year or longer.

In the meanwhile I am looking for a part time office job to keep my busy. I have also applied for volunteering in my local area for a charity.

I think the reason why I don't want to do an Access Course is because of my ASD and also I want the full college experience again. Years ago I used to go to my local sixth form, but the year after doing my GCSEs I became ill. So I couldn't do my A-Levels. But I think this time next year, I'll be ready.

So, would you move away for college if given the opportunity? 

Comments

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,326 Disability Gamechanger
    All things being equal yes I would have.
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,948 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sunny_days welcome to the forum 

    If you feel ready to go and do your Alevels next year then go for it. 3 years sounds alot and it will soon fly by.
    Your mom will be sad like I was when my daughter left for uni. But as well as you going home to visit, your mom could also visit you. Like I did with my daughter. 
    I think it's good that you want that experience.  
    I hope everything goes OK  so that you can get to do it.



  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,556 Disability Gamechanger
    You could still contact your Mum regularly, even every day if you wanted to.  With unlimited mobile minutes/texts or video calling it's easier than ever to keep in contact.

    I regret not going to Uni myself (only stopped due to health conditions) so I would agree that you should find a way to do what you want to do now.

    Will your Mum have the support of anyone else while you're away?  Friends or relatives?
  • Sunny_Days
    Sunny_Days Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Sandy_123 said:
    Hi @sunny_days welcome to the forum 

    If you feel ready to go and do your Alevels next year then go for it. 3 years sounds alot and it will soon fly by.
    Your mom will be sad like I was when my daughter left for uni. But as well as you going home to visit, your mom could also visit you. Like I did with my daughter. 
    I think it's good that you want that experience.  
    I hope everything goes OK  so that you can get to do it.



    Hi, thank you for the welcoming post.

    I agree with you, 3-years sounds like a long time, but it does fly by.

    I am hopefully going to get the treatment for my mental health soon, so then I can move sooner rather than later. I just worry because my mum is 60 next year. I have these thoughts like "what if x/y/z happens when I'm away?"

    I do believe moving away would bring me so many new experiences and independence too. 
  • Sunny_Days
    Sunny_Days Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    You could still contact your Mum regularly, even every day if you wanted to.  With unlimited mobile minutes/texts or video calling it's easier than ever to keep in contact.

    I regret not going to Uni myself (only stopped due to health conditions) so I would agree that you should find a way to do what you want to do now.

    Will your Mum have the support of anyone else while you're away?  Friends or relatives?
    Yes, I have unlimited calls and texts. It would be very easy to keep in contact with my mum. I just worry about her being lonely. She has her sister and my other sisters'. I would always visit her during the holidays.


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