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    I have Asperger's Syndrome and hope to go to university this September. I was just wondering what are other people's experience with having Asperger's and going to university?

    I didn't particularly enjoy secondary school at the time, although in hindsight it could have been worse, and then after GCSEs I tried A Levels but they weren't for me and it was too late to join college so I basically had a year out. Now I'm in my second year of college which has been okay, I like the course even if the college itself isn't the best, but because I'm a year behind than where I could be I was very eager to begin and learn in college (and still am), and I'm quite eager for university to begin because I know now that I'm definitely ready where as I may not have been at the start of this school year.

    Even though I think that I'm finally ready to start my life (I will have just turned 19 by the time I go to uni), I know that I am still going to be incredibly anxious going into uni and living with up to 10 other people. I know I'd be eligible for an en-suite because of my diagnosis which helps because I will need my routine, and I am not so much interested in the socialising. I am bound to make friends even though I don't know how to make them, and I will probably go to a few parties because I am sometimes in the mood for them (only occasionally though), and I am excited to join societies and hopefully study for a semester or full year abroad. But how was your university experience, especially in the first year with settling into the swing of high education, especially if you lived in halls? And how do you think I'd get along with things because of my past school experiences? I think that I'd really enjoy university because my mum says it's nothing like school, and I do enjoy education - plus people are more mature and there's lots of different people so making friends will hopefully be easier
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    Hey lovely I've got Asperger's syndrome myself, and I'm heading to uni myself this September. There's no reason why you can't go to uni, more and more students with disabilities are going to this day, and your mum is right, it will be so much more different from school. Everyone will be in the same boat as you - regardless of age, and the maturity level of uni students compared to school students is so different. You never know if you don't try, and the support out there is amazing

    Don't hesitate to message me if you need any help


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    I would say don't hesitate to attend university. As a high functioning autist myself, I can honestly say that uni is a lot easier than elementary or secondary school ever was. I am currently in my second year of my bachelor. Although I do not study in the UK (I am Dutch), I do think my experience is still relevant enough.
    First, lets talk about accomodation. I myself live in a student flat with my own, private room. This room contains a small kitchen area and a bathroom (I think this might be comparable to the en-suite?). The great thing about a private room is that you do not have to take account of anybody, Especially the first year I have had some breakdown moments (though nothing too serious) where I just wanted to be left alone. At this point in my life, I do think I would able to handle living in what we call a "shared house" (you have your own bedroom but share everything else with your housemates) as long as there wouldn't be too much housemates (like max 5 other housemates or something like that). But having that private room in the first year was defenitely a nessecity for me.

    About fitting in with your peers I wouldn't worry too much. If you pick a major that fits your personality and interests, than you will probably have no problems in making friends. Since everybody that chose the same major is interested in that particular subject (wherether that be something like informatics or a language does not matter) and having this in common will make it easier to find friends. I would recommend joining a society and becoming active in it. In the same way that your major has people that like that specific subject, a society will attract people with certain characteristics specific to the society, and if you find the one that fits you than you will more than likely have no problems being social with them.

    Lastly, the maturity thing is most defenitely true. Although there will also be students that are more interested in drinking and partying, most students are genuinly interested in their study and will therefore put more effort in it than they might have done in school.
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    What you hoping to study op?
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    (Original post by lotthamm)
    I have Asperger's Syndrome and hope to go to university this September. I was just wondering what are other people's experience with having Asperger's and going to university?

    I didn't particularly enjoy secondary school at the time, although in hindsight it could have been worse, and then after GCSEs I tried A Levels but they weren't for me and it was too late to join college so I basically had a year out. Now I'm in my second year of college which has been okay, I like the course even if the college itself isn't the best, but because I'm a year behind than where I could be I was very eager to begin and learn in college (and still am), and I'm quite eager for university to begin because I know now that I'm definitely ready where as I may not have been at the start of this school year.

    Even though I think that I'm finally ready to start my life (I will have just turned 19 by the time I go to uni), I know that I am still going to be incredibly anxious going into uni and living with up to 10 other people. I know I'd be eligible for an en-suite because of my diagnosis which helps because I will need my routine, and I am not so much interested in the socialising. I am bound to make friends even though I don't know how to make them, and I will probably go to a few parties because I am sometimes in the mood for them (only occasionally though), and I am excited to join societies and hopefully study for a semester or full year abroad. But how was your university experience, especially in the first year with settling into the swing of high education, especially if you lived in halls? And how do you think I'd get along with things because of my past school experiences? I think that I'd really enjoy university because my mum says it's nothing like school, and I do enjoy education - plus people are more mature and there's lots of different people so making friends will hopefully be easier
    Hi,
    If you want to hear how other Aspie do in university. I can surely tell you one . Not to scare you, but my univerisity experience was terrify. Its been 8 years , every time I think/talk about it is still a torture.

    I living in the hall all three year because I cant manage to buddy up with other to find house and I received no support to find a house. I am quiet sense sensitive, I moved 6 times in university (I live in hall all 3 year casuse I couldnt find anyone buddy up and just dont know where to start with looking at houses), and most day I feel like to kill myself, because of the noise they make (I couldn't sleep, couldnt concentrate to study). I make absolutely no friends (just the same as you and fair few other, not very interest in making friends). Some staff might even think your condition is BS and reluctant to help (as well as you are grown up you don't need help even when you ask). Yes , university nothing like school , I absolute enjoy education and studying but I fear not with the many other in the university. (I went to Univerisy of York for undergrad and University of Manchester-postgrad fair few year later as I was so traumatise by undergrad experience university) On the contrary I would say my sixth form experience was brillant but I went to a pretty acadamic school so many of us having this common of brillant mind (not being autistic). My year 8-11 was horrible too). I had high hope of it there's lots of different people (with the goal of seeking knowledge) so making friends will hopefully be easier and there wont be bulling !!! (the hell). I join different society to start with, however many just into drinking and parties (I don't drink and very sound sensitative so any club or parties is a absolute no for me but again no one invite me either). Sport club might be better but I am not a sporty person, don't enjoy and didn't join anything with sport. After been to uni the mental isolation is worst then the bulling I received. I am not here to terrifing you , just to setting you up what is this "mature" (might just be getting drunk, having lots of parties, and cramp studying at the last week before exam) maybe a illusion.


    I sincerary hope no one like us have to experience what I did that just because we are different but want to seek knowledge. I hope time have change and your uni is better than mine so you would have a good time in Uni.
 
 
 
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