Starting something new is scary for anyone, let alone someone with a disability because there are so many more nerves. There are the general nerves, will I be, ok? Have I picked the right subject? Will I make any new friends? But there are also nerves about getting enough support and will the lessons and materials be adapted to meet my needs.
Most people will say do not be nervous, it will be fine, but we are all human and worrying is normal. I expected it to be a bit of a challenge the first week I started Food Science and Nutrition at college as I did not know what to expect. I was the first ever visually impaired student to take this course, but I like to challenge myself and find ways to do things that people without disabilities can do.
After starting the course, I quickly realised that I didn’t need to be as worried as I had been. My course leader is great and on the first day she sent the lesson to me electronically and my folder for the entire year was already adapted to my font. I have had a great time ever since and if something isn’t working then I politely tell someone, and it is sorted out for me as quickly as they can.
The main thing I have had to learn throughout my time at school and now at college is that you need to speak up if you have a problem. If you are nervous about telling someone in person then either take a friend with you or send an email, do not suffer in silence. Though we all worry when starting something new, try and think of the positives instead and I’m sure you’ll do great, don’t be ashamed to ask for help because even if some need it more than others, we all need it at some stage.