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Well done on getting your place at university or considering it as an option. There is every possibility it will be a successful step to a fantastic future life and career. You’ve got this far through the education system so why not and why not now? Good luck.

I started mentoring autistic young people just a few months after my graduation in 2010 and was glad I went as a mature student. Not being diagnosed until 18 months before student life began, it would have been so much harder and it was difficult enough as it was.

Like you may well have experienced, I never really fitted in anywhere and went through school, colleges and work often not having a clue what was expected of me. If my experiences as a mentor and student can help you, then fantastic and I’ve got some tips that might help. They aren’t in any particular order because what mattered to me or other students might not be important to you:

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Final observations

These are relevant with or without the autism diagnosis and worth thinking about.

Apart from following a course of study you want to make a career out of, you learn other important life skills at uni.

Structure, discipline and work might be what you’re great at but there’s other stuff to think about.

Going out into the bigger world as an adult can be either terrifying or the best adventure you’ve ever had.

The students who leave with that graduation certificate and go on to do best in life are the ones who have built confidence.

They’ve gone out and given something a go.

They have learned how to fall down, fail and bounce back bigger.

Remember it’s your life so learn to make your own choices.

If something doesn’t work, try something else.

The world needs you, your talent and your skills. Enjoy.

 

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Laurie Morgen is an autistic author, trainer, mentor and pubic speaker. She has three children, two of which are autistic.

Laurie has many years experience of mentoring autistic young people in further and higher education. Her book, Travelling by Train – the journey of an autistic mother, can be ordered from Amazon and other outlets.

Here are some useful links:

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