[nabs-l] Transitioning to college or training center and being almost a senior in high school

Mikayla Gephart mikgephart at icloud.com
Sun Mar 5 20:05:16 UTC 2017


Vejas,
    I really like.this idea. I know LA Tech is really good, and has had a good number of blind students!
> On Mar 2, 2017, at 11:38 PM, Vejas Vasiliauskas via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Also, to add, during my time at training some of my friends took classes at Louisiana Tech either 2 or 3 times a week. This allowed them to get exposure to what it's like being  in a college setting and  taught them what they felt they needed to continue to work on in order to be successful. 
> 
>> On Mar 2, 2017, at 19:10, Anna Givens via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Mikayla,
>> 
>> As you mentioned, this is a personal decision for each individual.  
>> But with that knowledge, I hear many people say they wish they had gone to training before college, and really why wouldn't you?  Logically it makes sense to learn skills to be independent before you go out into the world independently.  
>> There is one alternative that comes to mind, perhaps you do one semester at the community college before training as that may help you understand what the demands of college and independence really are.  This may help you be more focused in training.  
>> I see no absolutely no reason to wait til college is over, personally.
>> Just my thoughts...
>> 
>> As far as justification for training, I am not sure where you live but it may do you well to find people in your state that have gone through that process of justification.  Every state is different.
>> But the key is to articulate what you would get from an NFB center that you would not get from the state center, and why that matters.  
>> 
>> Feel free to ask more questions or contact offline if you wish.
>> 
>> Anna E Givens
>> 
>>> On Mar 2, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Mikayla Gephart via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi all,
>>>  I am counting on my Federation family to help me during this time of excitement anticipation, and stress. Next year, I will be a senior in high School. I am planning on starting my college journey at a community college to transition into the college thing, and to get some of my general education courses out of the way. However, I also want to attend an NFB training center, as I know I am not fully independent. I know this is a personal decision for each individual, but what do you guys think about going to a training center before community college, after community college but before going to a four year universityity, or after a four year university? I will also be meeting with my VR counselor soon. I know that you usually have to justify going to a NFB training center as opposed to a state training center. When do you think I should bring this up to my counselor? I like her, but am a little nervous to bring this up to her. Also, how do you justify it positively? I went to the state center’s summer program last summer. It was good, but I feel like I would have a better experience at the NFB center. We had one low vision instructor, and the rest of the instructors were sighted. Also, we went to see a movie, and the theater did not provide audio description. They also do not make us work under blindfold. Any help will be appreciated. My family and I will also be attending convention! Thank you.
>>> Best,
>>> Mikayla
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