Top tips for going to university
Taking the decision to go to university is probably not something that was an easy decision – I know for me it certainly wasn’t!
In fact, I actually graduate tomorrow!
Over the last three years I have learnt a lot, with this not necessarily being things I learnt in a lecture theatre. So here are my top tips:
As a disabled student you are often entitled to extra support
Disability Student Allowance (DSA) is run by the government to cover the extra costs of having a disability, this can be specialist equipment or non-medical help (a notetaker or mentor for example) and is given on the basis of a needs assessment. It’s recommended you start this process as soon as possible to everything can be in place for when your course starts.
It’s okay to ask for help
I believe this was one of the things I found the hardest. Yet universities have disability support services for this reason. I resisted extensions and sometimes found it hard to be honest with my lecturers. However, by doing so allowed them to support me more during my degree and allowed me to achieve at the same level as my peers.
We deserve to have fun while getting a degree as much as the next person. If going out and partying until 6am is your thing, then go for it! If it isn’t then, that’s okay too! Believe it or not, there are other students who like to watch films and drink cups of tea as well. I got to know the people I lived with in first year through a Facebook group that was set up by the university.
What would your tips for university be? How would you like to be supported as a disabled student? Let us know in the comments below!
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