Hi! My name's Becca, and I'm a third year student with the University of Exeter.
And today I've been asked to go through my experiences.
Of being disabled whilst at university It started out as little things My sleep schedule changed drastically, I was in constant pain with no clear cause I was struggling to just walk to class without help.
And it had a real impact on my academic ability I came very close to giving up.
Until second year when I was finally diagnosed, and found out I had something called Fibromyalgia It was exhausting and terrifying, and I remember having no idea where to start I was worried I'd have to give up my degree which I cared a lot about, and I'd worked hard on However, I realised quickly I wasn't alone in my experience.
And the university actually had a lot of support set up I just didn't know about it The first thing I did was I went to see the university's AccessAbility group.
And they helped set me up in on-site accommodation with financial help.
Which meant I didn't have to worry about being far away from the uni They also helped me set up an independent learning plan This meant things like me always struggling to always make seminars, or requiring extra help in exams.
Would be taken into account and implemented I wasn't the only person to go through this.
And they knew to listen to me where I individually needed it This was a huge weight off my shoulders.
And the support enabled me to pursue things that previously I hadn't even considered Including taking part in an internship as a research assistant, whilst finishing my degree The point I really want to get across is to remember that you're not alone in this experience University is a big change and it's natural to be worried However, there's often a lot of support available if you know where to ask Even if you're a first year student preparing to go to university for the first time.
And you need to get support set up in advance There is nothing that should stop you from getting the degree that you deserve.