2nd year masters student in Rehabilitation of Mental Health Counseling
One main accommodation I use on a daily basis is Dragon Naturally Speaking (a speech to text function). Having this accommodation allows me to compose papers and type at a faster pace then if I were normally typing. I have used SDS to take exams and this allows me to use Dragon Naturally Speaking in a quiet environment; this also allows me to complete exams without a scribe creating more independence. SDS is a great place that creates a fun and successful learning environment. Each adviser in the office wants to see students succeed and goes out of their way to provide the proper accommodations for each disability.
Do not be afraid to try new things. College is a learning experience and there will be many times when you may fall down, but be willing to pick yourself up and move forward. You will become your own problem solver and overcoming adversity will only make you a stronger person. You may have a fear of being in a situation that is uncomfortable, but I have found that situations which may be uncomfortable can help you grow and uncover strengths within yourself.
Be willing to accept your disability. If you are willing to accept your disability there’ll be many advantages and accommodations that can help create a successful environment. At first, I was nervous about coming to Iowa because it was a big university and didn’t know how it would be around campus. I soon found that professors and students all around campus are always willing to help. Even times when I encountered problems the university faculty members are consistently willing to listen and provide solutions; so my advice is to be upfront and take advantage of opportunities presented to you. Also, you may be surprised to find out how many students around campus actually have disabilities themselves.
College is a time when there are many ups and downs. You will learn a lot about yourself and others. You may be leaving friends and family behind to attend college, but this is a time where you can find more out about yourself by being involved in learning situations. College goes by fast, so take advantage of each day and every opportunity because you never know when something may change. Anything can be taken away in a blink of an eye, so today is the day to experience new opportunities.
There are many great restaurants located both in Iowa City and Coralville. If I had to choose one, I would say Wig and Pen. The flying tomato pizza is a must try.
My favorite food is chicken Alfredo. My favorite drink is citrus green tea.
After I graduate with my masters degree, I would like to work in a rehabilitation facility. More specifically I would like to work with individuals who have recently acquired a spinal cord injury. This way I can provide a unique perspective in helping them overcome the rehabilitation process.
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option." - Author Unknown