university and epilepsy
If you're considering going to university or if you’ve definitely decided that’s what you want to do, you’ll need to think about what this will mean for you in practical terms and about what support you might need, including financial support. Being well prepared will help you to make the most of your time at university.
Is university an option?
For most young people going to university, there are lots of things to think about:
- Do I want to study for another three years (or more?)
- What do I want to study?
- Where do I want to go in the country?
- Which universities do the course I want to go on?
- Should I live at home (if the university is nearby) or go into student accommodation or a shared house?
- How will I fund my course and studies?
Deciding where to study can be as important for anyone going to university as deciding what to study. Are you going to go to a university close to home or will you move away to a new town or city? Will you live at home, or move into student halls of residence or a shared house or flat?
Going to a university close to home means you can live at home or travel home at the weekends and holidays and be near people and places you know. But you might feel that there is pressure to keep going home, that you won’t be independent or that this is not a new start for you. Going to university in a completely new area where you don’t know anyone can be daunting and scary. Or it can be exciting to start a new life with new places to explore.
Get good seizure control
Often the best way to make sure epilepsy has as little impact on your life as possible is to get the best seizure control you can, to reduce or stop your seizures completely. Making sure you have a supply of your anti-epileptic drugs and taking them regularly really helps.
The impact on learning
Some people with epilepsy will find that their ability to learn is affected by having epilepsy, by having seizures and by taking medication for their seizures. Again, the actual impact depends on the number and type of seizures someone has, and how they are affected during and after the seizure. Here are some examples of the ways in which epilepsy might affect you, along with some suggestions about what you could do to minimise its impact.
Feelings, emotions and epilepsy
Having epilepsy is more than just having seizures. It can affect every part of your life and every aspect of you: physical, mental and emotional. While you might recover from the impact of seizures, you might not feel OK with your epilepsy, or how it feels to live with it. You might want to know where you can get more support.