S has officially made it through the first year of college!!!!!! It has been quite the experience for him…..and us. He has received an education and MANY learning opportunities. There have been “growing pains”.
He has grown up this past year. He has always been an advocate for himself, but he really stepped up to the plate at college. He has addressed many issues on campus regarding accessibility, and he presented at a workshop regarding accessibility as a student (just realized I never wrote about that). He has learned that college isn’t cheap and that textbooks are ridiculously priced!
He has learned that his parents have been trying to prepare him for the reality of college throughout the years (schedules, due dates, task management). He has also learned that he is weak in
some most of these areas.
He has learned that he does well with an online format. Despite the fact that he’s not a morning person, he learned that he prefers morning classes over afternoon classes. He has learned that self-paced isn’t necessarily as great as it sounds. He has learned that due dates are real.
I think my son’s biggest lesson learned this year is that he CAN do this. He has done well. We encouraged him to start with a lighter load this year to get used to everything. He will be taking two classes during summer school which is on an accelerated cycle. For fall semester, he has currently scheduled three classes for himself. He can do it. He just needs to remember that.
He has learned that he has a huge support system in place. He has learned that we all want him to be the best that he can be.
Here is a recap of posts I wrote during S’s first year of school:
I will be on the couch with chocolate celebrating this successful first year and remembering all of the lessons learned.