[NABS-L] Getting Acclimated to a College Campus

Mariya Vasileva mkvnfb94 at gmail.com
Tue May 22 00:33:30 UTC 2018


While I utilized my travel skills from training to figure out 98% of my campus, DSS had a graduate student walk around with for half a semester plus six weeks of summer due to on going construction to the campus.

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> On May 21, 2018, at 18:57, Mausam Mehta via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Hi Emmie!
> It looks like we’re in the same boat. I don’t know of any other blind students at my university as well.  The campus is pretty large. VR is providing O&M throughout the summer and before the start of classes. I’m sure you have already considered this, but I would recommend that for those first few days before starting class, take every opportunity to walk around campus to get comfortable with everything. While I would love to chill in my dorm room, I know it will probably benefit me to drag myself out to explore.
> Best of luck, and feel free to reach out if you want to commiserate over all this new college stuff!
> 
>> On May 21, 2018, at 6:43 PM, Emmanuelle Lo via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Thank you for the replies! I'm the first blind student to go to this college in a number of years, so I think VR will probably find the O&M instructor for me. 
>> 
>> Have a happy summer!
>> 
>>> On May 21, 2018, at 6:26 PM, Vejas Vasiliauskas via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi Emmie and Miso,
>>> Miso, I'm impressed that your Disability Services helped initiate OANDM training.
>>> My vocational rehabilitation counselor approved for me to work with my instructor from high school to orient around campus. She worked with me for 3 days before and 7 days after I first came to campus, for about 2 to 3 hours. Now that I am more used to campus this year, I will probably not be needing these services.
>>> Vejas 
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>>> On 21 May 2018, at 14:33, Miso Kwak via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org <mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hi Emmie,
>>>> Yes, I moved in about a week or two earlier than my peers when I started college. My university disability services office handled the o&m training.
>>>> I’ll be starting graduate school soon, and my graduate school disability services office is also handling o&m.
>>>> Check with your university’s disability services what they offer. 
>>>> Best,
>>>> Miso  
>>>> 
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> 
>>>>> On May 21, 2018, at 2:18 PM, Roanna Bacchus via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi Emanuel thanks for your message. Congratulations on your transition to college. I did not live on campus while I was in college. However I was able to get oriented to the campus before classes began. My Vr agency did hire an Orientation And Mobility instructor for me.
>>>>> 
>>>>>> On May 21, 2018 5:04 PM, Emmanuelle Lo via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Hi all, 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I'm starting college this fall and I'm super excited! I have a question for college students: did you move onto campus before orientation? How did you get oriented to the campus? Did your state agency hire an O&M instructor? I'm meeting with my VR counselor soon to talk about the transition to college, but I was curious to know what you've experienced. 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Thanks, 
>>>>>> Emmie 
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