This comprehensive guide to surviving at university has been written by Emily Bailey and is based on her own experiences and uses her own photographs. It first appeared as a series of articles in ME Essential – the magazine for members of the ME Association – in 2019/20.
“Emily Bailey recently started university and M.E. impacts every aspect of her study: She has had to have lecture rooms moved as they were inaccessible, has campaigned for a Quiet Hour at the on-campus shop and is in frequent dialogue with Student Support over how her study can be made to work with her M.E…
“When I began the process of applying to university it felt like a Herculean task. How was I going to ensure I picked a university with a supportive environment? What if the course I was interested in had too many contact hours for me to cope with?
“How would I manage the personal care aspects of living alone, when at home I depended so much on the help of my mum? What universities would even accept me with only three GCSEs and two A-Levels?
“These questions seemed an insurmountable barrier between me and a degree.
However, the further along the application process that I went, the more support I found was available for disabled students attending university…”
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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