Why go to college?
When you ask students why they want to go to college, they usually say something like:
- "I want to take classes I'm interested in."
- "I want a certain career so I have to learn more about it and prepare to do the work."
- "I'm looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends."
- "I can't wait to live on my own in a dorm!"
Students with intellectual disabilities want to go for the same reasons.
College is a great place to...
- explore your interests and strengths
- prepare for a job
- become more independent
- meet lots of people
- improve your academic skills
Going to college can mean different things to different people. For some students, going to college means living on the college campus, taking classes, having an internship or job, and participating in school events and activities. For other students, going to college means taking a college class or two at their community’s technical college as part of their high school transition program. And for other students, college might mean taking classes to learn a skilled trade like welding or cosmetology. Going to college is about figuring out what you want and finding a program that works for you. Check out this Listen and Read Along YouTube video by Being Disabled in America about the importance and benefits of college for all people.
There is a lot of information out there about college. A great place to learn more is the national Think College website. The section for students is full of helpful information and videos. Take a look!