I hope you are having a fun Fall so far. Wow, can’t believe that 2022 is flying by.
I love fall!
My last blog was an interview with my friends Kelly & Karen Neville. I learned so much about their life, and their business “Special Sparkle”. I hope you enjoyed reading about them.
Today, I thought I would give you an update about my new college experience. Maybe some of you are thinking about a post- secondary college experience or some of you might already be in college. I am excited that some of you might be considering college for your future.
I went to College of DuPage for a number of years. That is my local community college. They have lots of exciting classes there but I was hoping for something more inclusive. I also did a summer college program during Covid at John Wood Community College online. That was fun!
So you might be wondering what is my college experience like now. I currently am a student at UIC (University of Illinois CHICAGO). I am in a new inclusive program called the CO-OP program, under the Disability Studies College. This program just started up and it is very exciting.
I also have an internship in the School of Nursing at UIC.
I started last Spring and my first class was called Radical Inclusion. This was a perfect class for me because I am an inclusion advocate and it gave me information about the history of inclusion so I know how to be a better advocate for people with disabilities. It was very interesting.
I also took a class called Career building. This was to help me prepare to get an internship and employment. I learned how to make a cover page and learned the difference between formal vs informal questions. I also learned how to get a paid internship. Because of this class I now have a paid internship at the nursing simulation lab in the nursing department at UIC.
During that time, I even made friends because I worked with a team of my peers who were also in the CO-OP program. Being part of this class I learned the importance of being professional in my relationships.
Now this Fall I am studying Disability in American film. I am learning how people with disabilities are portrayed in movies and how that describes their life to people. That can be positive or negative. I am learning that it is important to hear real voices of people with disabilities so they can share their stories about their lives.
I love my internship at the Nursing department. I have an internship working in the simulation lab. I am also an actress and I work as a patient with a disability so the students can learn about how to work with individuals with disabilities in a health care setting. It is very exciting and a new program for the nursing department. I love it!
For me college life is wonderful! Being part of a college and being included in general education classes is great. I love working in a team with other students who are also in the program and some who are general college students. I am looking forward to getting to know more students and professionals. I just love being a student at UIC and working in the nursing department.
Life as a student is different but I am learning the ropes of being safe and using self-determination by speaking up for myself and for helping others out. I also learned that classmates are very kind, respectful and that I can trust them.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts about my college experience. If you are thinking about college, I encourage you to check it out and see what is available in your area and throughout the country. There are lots of great programs! I am available to share my experience with you so if you are interested you can contact me and we can talk more about my experience.
Have a great October and dwell in the possibilities!!