The “Secret” of Success in College



Many people feel that success in college is related to having a high IQ, the right background, or just plain luck. It isn’t. Anyone who wants to be successful in college needs to regularly attend their classes, ask questions, take good notes and study hard.

If you are a student with a disability, you have some added challenges. First, you need to start early. Some accommodations take time to arrange so you should set-up your intake with the Student Support Specialist as early as possible.

Second, you need to learn to advocate for yourself. One of the main differences between high school and college is that, if you have a disability, you are responsible to identify yourself and to seek out services. You are the best expert on what you need to be successful in college. Learn how to speak up for yourself and find the help you need.

Finally, be realistic. Remember, academic standards are not lowered, and fundamental alteration of course content in not required in college. In light of these realities, learning to set realistic goals will greatly increase your chances of success.

The Support Services for Students with Disabilities office is available to help you make the sometimes difficult transition from high school to college. Let us help you…help yourself!