THE TOP TEN STATEMENTS OVERHEARD
FROM STUDENTS WHO LATER DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE
10. “Hey, there’s no rush. I’ll just get in and worry about getting up to speed later.”
No! You need to meet with the Support Services for Students with Disabilities advisor early to make sure everything is in place before your classes begin. Many accommodations take time to arrange and if you wait too long to meet with the Support Services for Students with Disabilities advisor, you may not receive needed accommodations in a timely manner.
9. “I don’t know what else to do, so I guess I’ll go to college!”
Many students quit college because they don’t know why they are going in the first place. If you are not motivated to go to college in the first place, you will find it very easy to quit college when the going gets tough, which it inevitably will. Why do you want to go to college? Do you need to get some career counseling?
8. “Rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?
When you fight the “system” at the college level, the “system” wins. You need to learn how to “play the game” so that you, not the “system” end up as the winner.
7. “I can do anything as long as I want it bad enough.”
This is great as an ideal, but if taken to an extreme, it leads to failure. You cannot, for example, work full-time, take 20 hours of college classes, refuse to take advantage of needed accommodations, and expect to succeed in college. Are your goals realistic? Often, in transitioning from high school to college, students fail because they set unrealistic goals.
6. “Attendance isn’t all that important. I’ll just borrow someone’s notes before the test.”
The number one correlation to success in college is attendance and active involvement in your classes. You need to go to class, sit near the front, actively participate, ask questions, take good notes, and study hard, if you want to succeed in college.
5. “I guess I just can’t succeed in college. I must not be the college type.”
If you find yourself struggling in your classes, for whatever reason, don’t give up; get help.
4. “Help? Who needs help? I can succeed on my own.”
No, you can’t. We all need help. At every college, there is a lot of help available. Learn to seek it out until you find it.
3. “I’m not really worried about how I’m doing. After all, I have a documented disability. I’m entitled to succeed.”
Having a documented disability does not entitle you to succeed. It entitles you to compete on a level playing field with students who do not have a documented disability. All students need to study and work hard to succeed in college. That includes you.
2. “I don’t know much about my disability, but that’s okay. They have experts at the college who know about that kind of stuff.”
You are the best expert on your own disability. You need to be able to tell the Support Services for Students with Disabilities advisor about your disability, the kinds of services and accommodations you received in high school, and how the college can help you to succeed. One of the biggest differences between high school and college is that in college, you need to take much more responsibility for advocating for yourself.
1. “Documentation? Who needs documentation? I received services and accommodations in High School so I’ll receive the same services and accommodations in college, right?”
Wrong. In order to receive accommodations in college you need to have recent (ideally within three years), accurate, and sufficient documentation of your disability. A college is NOT obligated to grant you accommodations based on your high school IEP alone. In addition, you are NOT automatically entitled to all of the accommodations and services you received in high school, even with recent and sufficient documentation. Make sure you provide documentation to your college Support Services for Students with Disabilities advisor well before your classes are scheduled to start. This will allow you plenty of time to discuss accommodations and to prepare for possible differences between the services you received in high school, and those you are entitled to receive in college.