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Brevard Alums Offer Inspiration and Insight to New Students

The following is a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

Our CIP Brevard graduates are full of insight and take it upon themselves to share what they’ve learned about themselves through being enrolled in the CIP program. The following tips and video were provided with us to share.

Words from a Brevard Alumnus

Submitted August 22, 2013 by Anonymous

The staff is here to help you.
Before I first came to CIP I was a whole different person and with the help of staff I developed to become a more successful and independent young adult. Get involved and ask for help. Attend all of your appointments, every appointment counts and though it isn’t college credit, it is credit towards success in life, which is even more important, because u can have a bunch of degrees, even from the Ivy League, but if you don’t have the life skills or the social skills, you will not get the job.”

Use your BCC accommodations and the help at BCC
I went from not utilizing any help from the OSD and having a bad attitude at BCC to ending up getting involved socially at BCC events and ending up liking BCC a lot and after my first semester at BCC, I used my accommodations, utilized the writing center and eventually even got tutored in the OSD. And now at Utah State University I’ll be utilizing all tutoring and disability services so I get work my way into their early childhood disabilities program. I can definitely be successful on this track because of the help I have received at CIP.”

Do not give up on anything you do.
In many cases to get what you want in life you need to do many things you don’t like so you can reach your goals and get what you want at the finish line. It’s not about where you start. It’s about how you finish. For example what I want requires a good amount of math. I never really liked math, but I’ve realized it’s not so bad, you need math to get around in this world. Just don’t give up your lifetime goal because of an obstacle you don’t want to go through. Just go through that obstacle to reach that goal.”

Failure is not an option.
When you fall down you get back up. This past January, I got struck by a car while on my bike .I have always enjoyed riding my bike ever since I learned to ride one, so this was traumatic for me. I’m glad I survived and am appreciative of all the help and support I have received during the days that have followed the crash. I have learned that you need to enjoy every minute in life cuz you don’t know if you will be alive the next day. Anything can happen. It may be unlikely, but it can happen. Just be prepared for the best and the worst. Don’t let a trauma keep you from something you like to do. It took some time, but I got back on my bike and during my last weekend at CIP, I rode my bike all the way up to Hobby Lobby in Viera.”

Try new things. You may like it.
You never know until you try. Get out of your comfort zone. If you stay in your bubble you would never be successful.

Inspirational Speech by Brevard Alum