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Stress and anxiety regarding hidden disability

I am stressed and anxious about going to an interview for a BA (Hons) degree because all I know about a BA (Hons) degree is that it is a level 6 qualification, I experience absence seizures and have a diagnosis of this and also anxiety, I'm just stressing over the course overall because due to my absence seizures I may miss parts of the lecture/lesson and not take in what was taught, these seizures can last as long as two minutes and I am anxious of missing vital information, I also suffer from fatigue and confusion due to the seizures and I don't know what to expect from this BA (Hons) degree. My menstrual cycle also exacerbates my absence seizures and fatigue which leads to anxiety because in the past I have experienced fainting episodes or tonic clonic seizures due to my period and I feel that I will struggle and not be able to do my best in studying for this degree due to my mental and physical health. I am anxious for my future as a whole tbh.
Original post by ShazzA6
I am stressed and anxious about going to an interview for a BA (Hons) degree because all I know about a BA (Hons) degree is that it is a level 6 qualification, I experience absence seizures and have a diagnosis of this and also anxiety, I'm just stressing over the course overall because due to my absence seizures I may miss parts of the lecture/lesson and not take in what was taught, these seizures can last as long as two minutes and I am anxious of missing vital information, I also suffer from fatigue and confusion due to the seizures and I don't know what to expect from this BA (Hons) degree. My menstrual cycle also exacerbates my absence seizures and fatigue which leads to anxiety because in the past I have experienced fainting episodes or tonic clonic seizures due to my period and I feel that I will struggle and not be able to do my best in studying for this degree due to my mental and physical health. I am anxious for my future as a whole tbh.

Hi,

Did you declare a disability on UCAS?
Many universities will be able to offer support for disabled students. The University of Sheffield has the DDSS (disability and dyslexia support service) which are able to offer support throughout your degree. You could email the uni's you have applied to and ask what support they have in place.
There is also DSA (disabled students allowance) that you could apply for through student finance and they may be able to offer additional support. For example they were able to provide me with note taking software that enables me to record my lectures and make notes on that recording.
Some universities may record all lectures and make them accessible (my course at the university of Sheffield did), this could be something you look into so you can rewatch lectures if needed.
Which course and universities are you applying to?

Lizzie (BSc Mathematics and Philosophy - University of Sheffield)
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Original post by University of Sheffield Students
Hi,
Did you declare a disability on UCAS?
Many universities will be able to offer support for disabled students. The University of Sheffield has the DDSS (disability and dyslexia support service) which are able to offer support throughout your degree. You could email the uni's you have applied to and ask what support they have in place.
There is also DSA (disabled students allowance) that you could apply for through student finance and they may be able to offer additional support. For example they were able to provide me with note taking software that enables me to record my lectures and make notes on that recording.
Some universities may record all lectures and make them accessible (my course at the university of Sheffield did), this could be something you look into so you can rewatch lectures if needed.
Which course and universities are you applying to?
Lizzie (BSc Mathematics and Philosophy - University of Sheffield)

Sorry I should of stated that I am doing this course in a college so I don't apply using UCAS, I have applied and have an interview in July, however when I applied for this course (BA Hons) the application form asked me to list any disabilities I have, was wondering if they would take this into account and ask me for detail regarding my disabilities during my interview. University is not for me and I don't want to move away from home so I am doing it in the college near me
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Original post by ShazzA6
Sorry I should of stated that I am doing this course in a college so I don't apply using UCAS, I have applied and have an interview in July, however when I applied for this course (BA Hons) the application form asked me to list any disabilities I have, was wondering if they would take this into account and ask me for detail regarding my disabilities during my interview. University is not for me and I don't want to move away from home so I am doing it in the college near me
Hi,
Regardless of whether it is a University or a College, the institution should put reasonable adjustments in place to prevent your disability from disadvantaging you during the interview process. While you have listed your disabilities on your application, this is not always passed on to the interviewers and admissions department.
To be sure that the interviewers and admissions team are aware of your disability, it may be your best option to contact the college/department yourself before the interview process. Unfortunately this means more work for you, but it will ensure that the right people are aware of your disability and adjustments can be put in place. Similarly, if they are aware of this early it will give them more time to prepare and discuss with you anything else that can be put in place to aid your studying. There will be other students in a very similar position to you, if not at this college, but at others around the country, and it is not unreasonable to ask for adjustments. Many such as lecture recordings, note-takers, study supporters are commonly used across colleges, so may already be something that you can access. In terms of fatigue, colleges can offer flexible timetabling, online resources and may also offer software packages and physical study aids that reduce energy expenditure.
I am really sorry that you have been left feeling anxious and stressed and that you have to find these things out for yourself. But I think once you are able to speak to the right people at your college, you will be able to get everything you need to make it a great learning experience.
I hope I have explained it well enough, if there is anything else that we can help with, please let us know.
Evie (4th year medic at UoS)

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