Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome: A Student Guide

By John Harpur; Maria Lawlor et al. | Go to book overview

1 Preparing for
College
A Brief Preamble

Hello! If you have made it into college or are just preparing your application for college then we hope this book will prove of service to you. It is designed to be a practical guide to help students with AS progress successfully through college. Hopefully the skills described here will also serve you well after college. By the way, if you have made it into college, congratulations, and well done! You are now part of an academically successful group, and you should take a moment to congratulate yourself.

In this short opening chapter we are going to offer advice on getting ready for college. It’s a big task in itself at the best of times, but if you have AS or know someone with AS then some extra requirements are worth considering. In the first place the high-school student with AS who is considering college is likely to be in the upper 30 per cent in his or her class. The student is academically above average, and college is a logical choice for someone with this ability and usually specialized interests or hobbies. If you have AS yourself, and you are reading this, then we haven’t told you anything new about yourself yet. In the second place, AS will not ‘go away’ when you arrive in college, but college is one of the few places where it is likely to be less of a social impairment. Why? Because colleges respect bright people and what they have to offer. Your specialty or hobby suddenly becomes not just significant to you, but also to an

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