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How to prepare for college

Hi, I am a visually impaired high school senior. I will be going away to college in fall of 2010. But, I am unsure what I should do to prepare for college and once I get there. Can any body help me or give me some advice?

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Hey there! I am very pleased to hear that you are pursuing higher education. As a people who are visually impaired, it is really important that we get as much education as possible in order to compete in employment settings after college.

I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Writing with a minor in Women's Studies and a specialization in Public Relations in May of 2009. I'm currently a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration program at my undergraduate university and am hoping to work with people who are blind or visually impaired on the transition to higher education.

As a graduate with low vision, I offer these suggestions:

*Go to college with a positive attitude, believing that the professors and staff are there to assist you

*It is very important that you understand how your vision impairment impacts your daily life and the ways in which you get things done. This goes a long way in proving to yourself and others that you can handle the demands of higher education

*If you need O&M instruction, get it early and get it as often as you need it; there's nothing worse than not knowing where you are on campus and how to get where you want to go

*If you haven't done so already, become affiliated with your state agency for the blind and visually impaired; this agency can help with funding your education and also assist in getting any assistive technology you may need

*Be comfortable with your vision impairment and portray yourself as such; if you're comfortable with it, others will be too

*Disclose your disability the summer before you plan to be on campus so you can get the services and accommodations you need right from the start

*Find older students who are visually impaired and ask questions, get to know how they have become successful and use them as resources

These are just a few hints and tricks that I picked up over the course of my undergraduate career. If you would like to talk further, please don't hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is: emara996@gmail.com, or you can find me on Facebook (Elaine Mara). Good luck and YOU CAN DO IT!


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hey do you have an email? we could talk easier that way or a facebook or a myspace?
Jillian


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Thank u to every one that has given me advice. I find it all helpful, and keep it coming:)


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What a great question to be asking. I wanted to let you know about a few resources from AFB that you might find useful:

* In the Teenagers section on FamilyConnect.org, there are a lot of good articles about planning for the transition to college, including a college-planning checklist and some specific strategies on taking the ACT or SAT:
http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsite.asp?Sectio...

* In that same section, the "transition to independence" topic includes some good articles about technology tools and college life, as well as a very funny piece by a blind college freshman listing her "top 10 rules" for any visually impaired incoming freshman:
http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsite.asp?Sectio...

* And finally, I would be very remiss if I didn't mention that AFB Press recently published a great book called College Bound: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, which is also available on CD or as an accessible online e-book:
http://www.afb.org/store/product.asp?sku=978%2D0%2...

I hope these links are helpful!


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If you need O&M, definitely arrange it earlier on. Trying to get it done during the first week when everyone else is milling around is very difficult.

As well, make sure you get all your textbooks in a format you can use, preferably before class starts.

Talk to your teachers and tell them about yourself, and ask them if they can provide a copy of the PowerPoint slides before the class starts, so you have some time to review them.

Good luck!


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My name is Bobbi, and it would be great to talk to you.


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hey there! me too! whats your name? my name is Jillian and i live in texas, how about you? ive always wanted to meet someone my own age whos also visiually impaired! i would love to hear from you and talk more, do you have an email u check all the time?
would love to hear from you!
Jillian


Re:How to prepare for college



hey there! me too! whats your name? my name is Jillian and i live in texas, how about you? ive always wanted to meet someone my own age whos also visiually impaired! i would love to hear from you and talk more, do you have an email u check all the time?
would love to hear from you!
Jillian


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