History and Education. I enjoyed History in high school and I’m studying Education because I want to become a teacher. I want to give back all the knowledge I’ve taken in.
I’ve actually found university easier than high school! At uni your studies are much more focused and you spend your time studying the subjects you’re interested in.
I have dyslexia and auditory processing disorder, so I can easily misunderstand things. UC’s Equity and Disability Centre has been a huge help. They get me access to lecture notes before the lecture, so I can read through at my own pace instead of trying to keep up in class.
It’s been huge. I didn’t actually get diagnosed until halfway through my first year at UC. In my first semester I really struggled and barely passed. I got referred to the Equity and Disability Centre and went through a whole diagnosis process. That’s made a huge difference for me because now I can get the support I need.
Definitely go and talk to your lecturers. At the beginning of every semester I email all my lecturers and explain that I’m dyslexic. They’re always more than happy to see me if I pop in for extra help. I used to be quite shy and reluctant to approach people, but this whole experience has been a massive confidence booster for me.
"I can reach out to people with confidence and I know the help will be there when I need it."
The highlight for me has been how enthusiastic the lecturers are. Their passion grabs my attention and I know they’ll be happy to give me extra help if I need it. I’ve loved expanding my knowledge base.
I was terrified when I started! At school they made it sound like uni would be really hard. Now I’m so much more comfortable. I can reach out to people with confidence and I know the help will be there when I need it.