Starting college is a huge adjustment for most students and the first few weeks of the first semester can feel very overwhelming. Read on to find out what issues may arise and practical advice on how to manage – and start your studies on the right track.Full article
Your First Semester
2 Looking after your health and wellbeing as a new student
This article focuses on the importance of healthy habits for wellbeing. The article provides useful tips and information regarding physical wellbeing, diet, responsible alcohol use, exercise and sleep.
3 Registering with the Disability Support Service (DSS)
We advise all students with a diagnosis of autism to register with the DSS, whether or not they intend to get supports in college.Full article
4 Meeting your Advisor for your Needs Assessment
In this post, one of our Disability Advisors, Gavin Deady, has written a step-by-step outline of a typical needs assessment.
Reading this may reduce any anxiety you may have about this meeting.
5 How to make the most of meeting your Advisor
After you have registered with the DSS and had your Needs Assessment, you can meet your advisor again to check in and discuss any issues or questions you may have.
This post explains what you should do to set up the meeting and how best to prepare to make the most of it.
Please note all meetings with advisors are currently being held online, and not in-person on campus.Full article
6 How to get organized and manage your time
This article looks at the importance of organizing and managing your time effectively as a student. It explores some of the challenges autistic students can experience in this area, and offers some guidance on how to improve your own time management and organization.Full article
7 Telling people about your autism
By talking about your autism and advocating for yourself, you make an important step towards feeling comfortable with others. Registering with the Disability Support Service is a formal way of letting the University know you may need accommodations or supports, but this does not mean everyone you meet will know you have a diagnosis of autism (or even understand what that means). It is up to you who you tell or don’t tell – it is your choice.
This activity introduces the advantages of being open about your autism, and give some practical tips.Full article