Tip #1: Get Started
Getting started is always the first thing you need to do in order to decide the college life that is right for you. You might want to begin this part of the process by asking yourself the following questions:
Which colleges should I apply to?
How do I know which classes to sign up for?
What kinds of services are necessary for me to be successful?
Not only is applying for a college that will accept you based on how well you did in high school important, but so is making sure you apply for the right classes and understanding what services you may need once you actually start getting enrolled.
An example of this might be trying to find out if the library is close by or if the classrooms have desks high and wide enough to accommodate your wheelchair.
Tip #2: Decide Your Future
You can always change your major later, but mostly everyone will decide on what they want to do after college right when they enroll. For example, if you wanted to be a writer you would choose journalism or communications as your major.
In other words, this means that right when you start enrolling in whatever college you choose to go to… it is important to think about what your future will hold after college.
Tip #3: Disclose Your Condition
People with disabilities are sometimes misunderstood by people who have no idea of what daily obstacles they may be going through.
One of the first things to do after enrolling would be to tell the right people about what your disability is and what challenges they may bring into your college life.
Most schools will provide certain services to you depending on your needs, but they will not do it unless you tell them about your condition.
Tip #4: Pick Your Classes
Picking the right classes is really important, especially when you are going to college for the first time.
Sometimes it is best to pick the classes that are the most basic or some of the ones that would be easiest for you at the start.
Failing classes in college is not fun and it is something you can avoid by getting yourself on the right track, so you can get used to going to college before diving right into the hard stuff.
A lot of thinking needs to be done before deciding what classes you are going to take.
Tip #5: Find Time to Study
Finding time to study is always important and you will want to work with a schedule that is best for you, depending on how many classes you are going to take.
Some classes may not involve so much studying, but it is always important to prepare for exams in some kind of way whether it’s skimming through PowerPoint slides or utilizing whatever material your professor provides you with.
And if you can’t decide how much study time needs to be put aside for a certain class, asking someone to help make you a schedule is usually a wise decision.
Tip #6: Take Notes
Taking notes might be hard for you depending on the extent of your disability, so an alternative to writing notes may be finding out if there is a person that the college can provide to take notes for you.
Another option would be to ask somebody you know in your class to take notes for you or ask your professor if he or she can email you the PowerPoint slides that are shown by them during lectures.
Taking notes will probably not be easy but asking somebody to help you with this if you are unable to do it on your own should be a priority.
Tip #7: Stay Organized