Now that I am a college graduate, there are many things I have learned in my undergraduate college at Eastern Connecticut State University. Some social and some that scared me. Being a Disabled college student was often times very tough because the fact that not many people were so accommodating towards disabled college student. Even being an Intersex person in college was also a challenge because of how binary the campus was and that being neither male or female made it hard to fit in on campus was a challenge. It’s why College was a challenge in itself but I was able to adapt and overcome them.
One of the many things that was always a struggle in college was that being a disabled college student, it made it very hard to be included and part of the campus community. In a normal college, I was always treated as a 2nd class college student and not like every other college student. With my disability, I never had the chance to join any clubs on campus or play any sports. That is because being disabled, not many people don’t want to give disabled people a chance. That’s why being disabled, limited my social contact on campus. I didn’t even have too many friends on campus and only had very few friends.
The one thing I fault Eastern Connecticut State University is that they didn’t do enough to help disabled students be more inclusive and didn’t force on campus clubs to be more inclusive towards disabled people. They didn’t even try to help disabled students be more inclusive on campus. It was why being disabled on campus often felt a very lonely place, but I adapted and found a niche in the disability office. That is because the disability office on campus took care of me and was the only place on campus I called Home.
The other thing that was a challenge on campus is that being an Intersex person on campus, I never fitted in with the Men or women. I never felt any connection to any man or woman on campus. I was always different from everyone else and that being born with an Intersex condition, I never identified with the men or women. That is why being an intersex person was sometimes hard on campus because of the fact not many people understood what Intersex is and what it means to be born intersex. Many times on campus, people have confused and mistaken with transgender people.
Though what was great about being Intersex at Eastern Connecticut State University was the fact that I can be myself and not forced into the male and female crap. I can wear whatever clothes I want and be myself without being pressured or judged. At the same time, I had my own dorm on campus and didn’t have to deal with the crap that men and women deal with living in the dorms. That allowed me to be myself and have the kind of independence to be myself and not stressed out.
That’s why, what I learned at Eastern Connecticut State University was the fact that I don’t need clubs to be myself. It allowed me to grow my own independence streak and let me be me. Though I wished I had time to make more friends, be part of clubs or sports. But instead, I was able to learn to be independent and learn to be myself without being stressed or pressured by society or people. That’s something that Eastern Connecticut State University has taught me on campus.
First week is great being back on campus. It’s nice to be back in my dorm and much more quieter place. It’s not that bad and my moving back in was very easy and uneventful. Yes this is the year I am graduating from college and I am looking forward to applying to graduate school and I have to take the dreaded GRE exam. So that’s a thing to do for my Senior year and finish up with Nursing school prep courses.
Before I moved back on campus, I had my Wisdom teeth taken out. All 4 of them including the baby teeth taken out. It was very painful for the first couple of days and now the pain is subsiding and I am hoping that after Labor day weekend, the pain is gone. I am still trying to work my way back to solid foods, but that will depend on how much my mouth can tolerate and how far along my corners of the mouth are healing. My only hope is that by the end of the month I can eat solid foods, the pain is gone and that I can go back to normal routine. Which is why the one thing that is still bothering me is the pain in my jaw and the surgical sutures that are annoying the hell out of me.
Other than that, I am glad to be back on campus and I am glad to be graduating this year. So I hope to make my Senior year the best year for me.
It’s that time of the year, when August rolls around the corner. It means summer is over for most people and the march back to the Dorm and back to those college classes at the end of the month. For me, my summer is over and my summer normally starts in May and ends in July. August for me means it’s time to switch my body and mindset back to College and all those things that preoccupy my mind. On top of that being that it’s my Senior year and I am graduating this year. I am have to start planning for graduate Nursing school and studying for those dreaded GRE exams. Which means brushing up on my Algebra and statistics. Then taking A&P and Chem classes before hitting the nursing school. I’m thinking of taking the CLEP exam for CHEM and possibly biology as well.
So far for this summer, one highlight of the Summer I can say tops the list is spending one week at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland. That was one of the best parts of the Summer I had because I got to see a place that makes my hospitals back home look like an outpatient clinic. The nice part is that I got in on some ground-breaking research into Kallmann Syndrome. Including learning things that my doctors back home could never find. So going back to college at the end of the month, that’s going to be one thing I can say, tops the list.
The other thing I started doing is looking at graduate Nursing schools. I’m trying to get into a graduate Nursing school and get either my RN or NP. At the same time, trying to map out my way to finishing off the remaining Nursing school requirements such as Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Microbiology by the fall of 2016. Which I may wind up taking summer school classes before I jump into nursing school.
Other than that, August to me is just another month and another month to get through. However, now I have to focus my mindset on doing research and prepping for graduate Nursing school. However, the one thing I look forward to is getting my bachelor’s degree in 2016, which would be so cool.