|Transitioning to College: Student Perspective
From High School to
College of Southern Maryland to
My Four Year Adventure
Frank A. Clark
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere”
In High School
Continue with Math
Write as many papers as you can
Advocate at my IEP meetings
Tried to get more independent as possible in doing schoolwork because if you don’t you become independent on others: “Even though I could do it myself” I remember always asking my teachers for help, it took a long time to believe in myself”.
High School con.
Study and get accommodations for SAT
Go to try College for a Day and information Night
Learn how to explain your disabilities to the professor
High School Con.
Realistic Expectations in how your disabilities impact you in college:
Quote: “My learning disability made learning some things extremely difficult, Finally, I woke up and began to make the right choices”
I felt I was Unprepared for a four Year
College of Southern Maryland Adventure
Interview with Mrs. Bacchus
Must get your forms in early each semester
Keep copies of your forms
Learned to Advocate for myself with her and my professors
When I missed an assignment in my English class since I was out of the room taking a test, I had to get myself.
Advising and Graduation I had to do on my own
Only took four classes at a time getting good grades with a reduced course load: Quote: “During my first semester, I took 5 courses, I couldn’t keep up- and I failed”.
Accommodations that helped me
Different Room for Exams
Computer for Essay Exams
Expectations for CSM
Learned public speaking
Learned to love math and science even when I did not want to
Learned how to do research
Transition to A Four Year Adventure
Transition to Four Year con.
Close to Home
Recommend Visiting Admissions, ADA, and going on a Tour
Recommend Dressing Nicely and writing thank you notes
Transition to four year Con.
Recommend joining CSM Honor-Scholarship offers Got $18,000 from McDaniel College of Maryland Got $17,500 from Washington college in Chestertown Maryland.
Keep Your grades up
Rate Schools by Clubs, Academics, ADA Support
Decided not to go one of my four year choices since it did not have scribes and did not put effort in accommodations for disabled students.
Decision Spread Sheet
Picture: Spread sheet entitled “Sam Hoy College Transfer Contract Table” that details the names of the schools Sam was interested in attending, the ADA contact person for each school, their email and phone number, the application due date and information about the essay requirements.
Picture: Table that illustrates the criteria that Sam had for each college. Some of the categories include academic reputation, student to faculty ratio, various support services, job referral system, etc.
What I learned so far…
Picture: George Washington