The Autistic Perspective: University nerves

In this Series on JT, Jordan Dodds talks candidly about topics from the perspective of an autistic adult, how he sees the world every day and the little or big things that may be barriers or obstacles. In this entry, Jordan Talks candidly about the nerves of an interview for a university.

University, the last step in education, the highest of all and a foundation for all of the great minds, A place where all walks of life meet, where like-minded students engage in dialogue and build lifelong friendships,

It’s also where I want to go, after spending four years at further education I’m ready for the next step, something that couldn’t have been foreseen on the day of my diagnoses ten years ago.

In fact, many people with autism attend university, as universities allow for specialist courses to run and people with autism can have a very strong and keen interest in a certain interest, its a match made in heaven or is it though?

Asperger Syndrome, the form of autism I have, effects my social interaction with the world and how I see the world, I struggle with social situations, I cannot go out randomly on a session with people, or even spontaneously spend money like a “typical student”.

I wouldn’t do well in halls of residence or private renting, I need to stick to a routine daily and like to be calm, unlike my fellow “Typical Students” who are loud, brash and unaware of my condition.

I also struggle to understand certain languages like sarcasm and facial expressions. I can have a hard time expressing my feelings and thoughts around topics for fear of judgement and humiliation.

I Know that ill cope with the workload, But the social life would send me over the edge and into the worst meltdown ill ever have. However, Universities are understanding of autism, unlike school and college which treat you like a number.

I have chosen Sunderland University, therefore I can live at home in a comfortable environment, I can continue my routine that I like while balancing the workload.

I know that ill have support on campus, Sunderland University offers an “On-demand” student support where if I ever feel that I’m struggling with anything university-related, I can just pop down and explain my situation and can receive help on how to address the situation.

I’ve never let my Aspergers stop me yet, and university is the next battle that I will win, as the more I can conquer I can lead the way in proving that someone who was written off ten years ago, never to amount to anything and to be stuck in Special education can be a success.

That was the Autistic Perspective for Journaling Thoughts, Written by Jordan Dodds