Where I Have Been

“I just finished my first year at Widener University after transferring so I could take classes on campus for the first time. It went better than expected! I am happy to say that I have a 4.0 GPA after two semesters. I made the change because I wanted a more typical college experience where I could sit in a classroom and work with peers in person. It felt like my last school didn’t think I could accomplish this and I wanted to prove myself. I knew this meant a lot of work, pressure, and stress but it was worth it.
Everyone I have worked with has been very flexible and welcoming, which really let me show what I am capable of. I put a lot of effort into not disrupting the classroom while others were listening, which was not easy being so quiet and still. I expected to be judged or misunderstood for my behaviors but everyone was accepting or too busy to care. My professors were very helpful, and one even has a son who types to communicate. 
I still do not feel very independent there, I had a lot of support to help me which makes me feel awkward but is also needed. I expected more socializing but everyone was very focused on school, so my communication style was not a problem. It is hard to quickly type during class discussion but professors made sure I had a chance to share my thoughts. When I worked in a group with others we used email to communicate and it felt good to work equally without accommodation.”

6 thoughts on “Where I Have Been

  1. Congratulations, Paul! I’m so glad that you had such a great year. Widener is lucky to have you!

  2. WhooHoo! 4.0 is a great accomplishment all by itself, but coupled with all the other effort you had to expend, it’s AWESOME!! I’m so proud of you, Paul, for many, many reasons!!!

  3. I am just thrilled for you, Paul. You completely deserve the satisfaction that you obviously feel. You future just looks brighter and brighter. At least you know now, for sure, that no one can dare place limits on what you can do.
    Just fantastic!!

  4. Congratulations on 4.0! Thanks for letting us know where you’ve been. Have a great summer.

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