Is university an option?
For most young people considering university, there are lots of things to think about:
- Do I want to study for another three years (or more!)?
- What do I want to study?
- Where do I want to go?
- Which universities offer my chosen course?
- Should I live at home (if the university is nearby) or move into student accommodation or a shared house?
- How will I fund my course?
If you are a young person with epilepsy, you have all these things to think about, with, possibly, added concerns around your epilepsy.
So, you’ve decided you’re going to university, and selected your course. What next? Planning ahead for the practical things will help to make going to university as straightforward as possible.
Thinking about applying to university? Information to help you decide whether university is a practical option and guidance about the support that universities offer.
There are lots of things you could think about doing to reduce any impact epilepsy may have on your learning and university life. You might have lots of ideas of your own about what is best for you or it may be worth speaking to your university's disability advisor to see what help they can offer.
University can be an exciting time offering many opportunities both socially and academically and it is a time when you can build your independence. Whatever your hopes and expectations, making epilepsy just a part of your life may help you to get the most out of your experience at university.
Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t plan on your university suitcase having ‘epilepsy’ in it. Having epilepsy is more than just having seizures. It can affect every part of your life and every aspect of you: physical, mental and emotional.