Hi, I hope it's okay for me to post this in this forum (I wanted it to be anonymous).
I am applying to university for 2024 entry as an early applicant, and I wanted to know whether my situation will be considered mitigating / extenuating circumstances.
I've been having mental health issues and I was getting therapy for a while but it did not really help much so I was referred for a 'higher level' of therapy that I've been awaiting for months.
I'm also currently in a waiting list to get an assessment for ASD, and I've never had necessary accommodations (which would really help in my further studies at university).
I'm in year 13 applying to oxford, warwick, edinburgh, durham and king's for ppe.
My school say that they'd be willing to speak to my universities if I want them to, but firstly I'm not sure how much of this they've included in teacher references, and secondly I'm not sure exactly what I need to tell them.
My grades have never seemed to be affected - my GCSEs were 9999999999, my AS grades were AAAA, and I am predicted A*A*A*A in my A-levels. (Would this mean that universities will think that my circumstances do not affect my grades?)
The diagnosis and therapy that I've been awaiting is really contributing to stress and disrupting my learning now more than ever, and I'm not sure how I'll be expected to express this on paper or whether I'd even be able to apply for both contextual grade requirements and most importantly learning accommodations later on.
I also might be invited to an interview by Oxford, and it would really help if the tutors there know that I may not be neurotypical (and that I'm awaiting a diagnosis; it'll alleviate a lot of the pressure that comes with interactions).
What should I do?
All replies will be much appreciated. Thank you for spending time reading this.