Transitioning to College

Transitioning to college can be a huge change on many levels. Food, friends and family are just the beginning of the differences. Likely you had many systems in place which helped you become the success that you are. Maybe you had weekly therapy appointments, a specific way of preparing food, defined sleep schedules, tutors, school day schedules or medication refills that were all perfectly orchestrated to keep you on track. Maybe your dad woke you up each day or your academic counselor went over all of your assignments with you each day. It’s important to think about what worked at home and set up as many similar supports here in Boston to keep yourself on track.

Accommodations and school academic supports might also look very different.

First, it’s important to note, that in Higher Education, there are no IEP or 504 teams. We base all of our decisions on your documentation. We only know about you and your disability if you come let us know. Parents and guardians are only in the conversation, if you want them to be, that’s a HUGE change!

Also, many accommodations you might have received in High School, or even at another college, might not be approved here at Boston University. We look for a current significant need and determine this on a case-by-case basis. This means that not all students with one kind of disability get the same services, it’s all individualized. It also means that some accommodations you received before might look different here.

Here are some great things to master before you come to Boston:

  • Know what worked at home and try to set up similar supports here in Boston University
  • If therapy worked at home, now is not the time to stop
  • Make sure you can wake up every day this summer with no help from your family
  • Be in charge of your own medicine, including refills
  • Now is NOT the time to go off medicine
  • Think about taking a light first semester to ease the transition
  • Know your weaknesses and work to avoid them, this means less social media and late night technology use
  • Work out, do yoga, take care of yourself
  • Make a commitment to meet new people
  • Make a plan to not stay in your room
  • Know your red flags and learn where to ask for help
  • Don’t be afraid to fall in love

For more specific transition details, please take a look at this Transition from High School to Post secondary Tipsheet and look at www.transitionyear.org.

Feel free to call us anytime with questions or concerns!