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    Part time/Full time study?

    So how do you cope?

    I jumped into study 1 year into my injury, i did ok but i honestly could of done better. i feel like im in a position now mentally/emotionally to start studying again.

    it was still early days in my injury then and i was still tryna figure myself out and getting over my SCI

    last year i jumped straight into full time study and was overwhelmed with the work load, skipping class, ashamed of the chair, tired etc, my self esteem was crap, but im good now, so i think haha

    im still deciding whether to go part or full time.

    any students out there with advice or tips?

    one problem i had was when i had a class straight after on the other side of campus, and by the time i got there im wasted from rushing.

    my usual schedule from memory was full days mon-thur and one on fri every fortnight i think..

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    It is truely a personal choice. You have to look at the size of the campus, your stamina, where the bathrooms are as well as the library. You additionally need to look at prerequisites and financial matters. Student financial assistance usually reuires full-time study. Depending on what you chosen area of study is (your major), may determine the order in which you take classes. Certain courses are only offered fall or spring semester. Then there are the lab classes [computer, science] which fill up quickly. Many colleges/universities have academic advisors to help you map out a timeline.

    I went full time, but my classes were generally in only one area of the campus and I specifically chose a small campus. Will you be driving to school? Boarding on campus?

    If you don't need to work while attending classes, then take a 3/4 courseload or a full-time courseload. Space out your classes so they are not back-to-back. You can rest, socialize, study, eat and more importantly have timed breaks in between examinations.

    Good luck!

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    Hey

    I've done both. I did my Bachelors Degree full time, and I am now doing my L.L.B. part time. I much prefer part time because it has allowed me to breathe somewhat, and I can focus on having a life and being a student. I burnt out pretty quick as a full time student and it took a toll on me physically. Towards the end of my B.A., I started to spread out my courses, so that I would do less during the year and take summer courses. This way I still graduated in four years, but my year wasn't so heavy. This did mean though that I went to school the full year and didn't have a summer off. It's going to take me longer to complete my law degree but I've told myself I'd rather have a transcipt that will get me hired than finish in a specific period of time.

    Good luck with your studies!

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    I started half time a year after my injury (took a summer class). Did well in the summer class it was kind of a self-esteem booster (It was an easy class lol).

    Then I went full time and yes it was a different beast all together. I'm suprised there arn't more paralzyed people at Penn State (its a huge school) but I've only seen like 1 other paralzyed dude, so yes people did always look at me but I found out they staired at me more when I was on my crutches than I did when when I was using my wheelchair. After awhile though you get use to the looks and just ignore them.

    I remember how easy school was pre-sci but not so much anymore. I find my mind not being able to focus anymore but I still pulled through and will be graduating may 15th! (As long as I do well on my finals that is :P) This was probably one of the hardest mentally and physically out of all my semesters mainly becuase I took 18 credits, all 400 level classes. The chairman of engineering even told me normal people can't pull this off so we'll see! I like that he didn't classify me as normal hah I had a giggle.

    Can you drive at all? If you can, getting to and from classes will be a lot easier. I hate waiting on people, so having a car made me feel a lot better. The cost to park anywhere on campus though was pretty pricey it was like 350 bucks a year just for parking. I guess they charge you monthly to park in a handicap parking space.

    I say start it off slow, take a few summer classes, see how that feels then jump into full time. I skip class a lot, mainly because I find lectures being useless, hardly any even speak english (thats what you get for being a computer science major I guess). The ones that do I usually go but the others ones I can't hear half of what they are saying so I figure reading the book may be more productive.

    Winter I would say was my biggest issue. Walking or Wheeling around in snow is horriable so make sure you stay on top of the maintance people to make sure they plow the places you will be wheeling. Especially if you have an 8:00am. I remember going up a 40 degree hill and snow was all over it, I would move a few inches then slide back another few, it took like 15 mins to get up the thing. By the time I got up the hill my hands were numb and it looked like I was crawling around in the snow like a small panada looking for a cup cake.

    Do you know what major you want to go into?

    One big tip I can tell you is GET INTERNSHIPS! I did a year at IBM and it helped me a ton. Employers get aroused if they see an internship, so the more the better especially with this shitty economy. It will put you back in school but it is worth it plus you get paid.

    Oh yah I almost forgot, every school should have an office of disability. What you can do is talk to them, and tell them you can't go across campus because blah balh blah, anywho, tell them some reason and they will actually move all your classes to 1 building. They have this power. My first year when I started full time at Penn State Main Campus I told them I wanted to walk to all my classes so they said well we can move them to 1 building which they did. But after that semester I realized, hell people are going to judge me if i'm walking or if im in a chair so I said f it and if a class is far away I will wheel if its close I will walk. So thats another option.


    Goodluck! you'll do fine!
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    McLovin:

    I hear ya. I went back to school right after I got out of the hospital (literally, like days). I already had a BA in Geology, but decided to get an MA in Economics. I am now working towards another MS in Applied mathematics while earning my PhD in Economics!

    School to me was more of an ego-booster all together because not only was I studying something I love, but the classroom to me was an arena where I was on equal fighting ground with my AB'd colleagues.

    Coffee hit a good point with the transportation issue. You need to go to your school's Disabled Resource Center and explain to them your issue with logistics. They are obligated to ensure you have an equal shot to getting to class on time because that is a campus accessibility issue. They might even get you your own chauffeured golf cart to get you around campus, LOL.
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    I agree with Tuf, school helped me realize I still have a mind and that I'm not a passenger on the fail boat. Also doing any type of group activities really helped me find friends. So if there is a group anything, DEW IT.

    Also if you were wondering what the fail boat is, here it is:



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    Raffles...those pics remind me of my favorite:

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    I agree with what Kiran and Coffee said. I'm a t-4 complete, in my senior year at a small brick-ass college built just after the civil war. I commute, and when you factor in the travel time plus the time it takes to do our "daily thing" yeah burnout may be a problem.

    I don't want to be discouraging though. Everyone gets senioritis. You are wicked active, I've seen the pics of your travels and exploits. I think you'll be good. Just take care of yourself, watch your skin, stay healthy so that you won't have to take any time off. I've made it all the way through college without having to miss any time due to health problems! You can too!

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