One thing about college–the learning experience is what you make of it. You can learn just as much in a virtual reality lab at a local school as you can in a VR lab at MIT. The MIT degree will mean a lot more when you go looking for work, but it won’t mean anything if you can’t graduate. The most important school in that regard is the school you can finish.
As someone who left home at 18 to attend a really difficult school (Wellesley College), this article’s advice is spot on!
Autistic teens, you may not be ready to leave home to go to college right away, and that’s okay. There’s no shame in taking a year off or starting at community college. You should do whatever will help you to succeed, and for some of us, we need more time to prepare.
Looking back, I wish I had the option to delay my enrollment for a year, or that I had chosen a simpler school to start out. But it was a learning experience that I can now use to help guide others!
So don’t fret! You’ll make it to college, somehow, and do great! Just do you!
Don’t give up, autistic teens! I couldn’t finish my bachelor’s degree on the first try, but I was able to go back to school, finish it, get a master’s degree, and now I’m completing my graduate-level school librarian certification. Might even do a PhD someday, too!