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Going back to uni after 3 years out due to my disability

SE9St8 Scope Member Posts: 19 Courageous
Hi everyone  :)

I've been out of uni for 3 years due to my disability aka my chronic illness, which I got 4 years ago.

I made the tough decision 3 years ago to take a break from uni, hoping I'd go back soon, but it hasn't worked out that way and now I'm on my final year I can intermit my studies (because of their policy- which I already challenged and got this 3rd year extra out), aka take a break from. I have to have handed my work in by August at the very latest and start in September (as I took my break part way through the year).

Honestly, I've done hardly any work. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and also dissociative non-epileptic seizures, chronic pain, tachycardia, use a walking stick, have bad mental health all daily because of my chronic illness. Also, even before this I had 4 learning difficulties to contend with anyways, so I've always had to work twice or even 3 times as hard as everybody else.

What I'm trying to say is I need some advice from anyone who's been on an education break, or maybe even career break, on how the heck to get back? and any tips :)

I know it's a rather impossible challenge, as I can barely do anything I used to be able to do anyways without bad burn out, aka lack of spoons, but I really want to do my final year, because it means so much to me 💙

Thank you everyone 💙


  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,081 Scope online community team
    Heya @SE9St8, it's great to hear you're wanting to continue your studies, but I totally get sometimes uni isn't set out for people who often lack the spoons to get everything done.
      My top tip is to be gentle with yourself, there's a lot going on in your life and I found uni took a certain mindset, which took a while to kick in as I was so out of practice with structured learning.  So just take your time with things and understand if things don't go as planned, it's totally ok to get a new plan going. The university is there to help you, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. :)
    Albus (he/him)

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