Smiling Graduate Displaying Her Diploma

At first, college can be intimidating, if not downright scary. The buildings seem too far apart and the students may appear to be unresponsive. The class descriptions can sound frightening and the syllabus, or plan for the class, appears to be impossible. But, have no fears. There are some basic information and skills that can help you on your journey. The most important thing to remember is that you have felt this feeling before and survived. Who hasn’t been outside of their comfort zone and discovered that, with time,  it was a nice place to reside?

College is about learning who to listen to and when. As you begin your college career, find people who can help you adapt and get as much information as you can from them. There are many paid professionals and departments that you should seek out. Check out the list here. Once you have had your campus tour, talked to the office of financial aid, admissions, and the like, make it a point to talk to your professors. The better you know them through regular attendance and talks, the better you become at predicting what they are going to test on. Not that the test should be your only focus.  You should soak in every experience and lesson as it occurs. Not only are you are paying dearly for the privilege, but because that is what it is, a privilege. You are doing something that many never have the opportunity or motivation to do. Value it and never take it for granted. Use what you learn to make a better life for you and your family.

Booker T Washington said, ‘Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.’ Living well with a mental health diagnosis means that you have already earned that feeling of success. A degree is the cherry on top.

Why not begin today? Here are some links to get you started:

Local Colleges and Universities:

Eastern Michigan University

University of Michigan

Washtenaw Community College

Guides: 

Higher Education Guide for Adults