By Justin Anderson and Natalie Nix, social media interns
Anybody who has been to college can tell you just how hard it can be. Juggling strenuous schedules, deadlines and even living with other people can be overwhelming. However, the rewards and feelings of accomplishment are perhaps unlike any other time in your life. It can be the very thing that propels you toward your dreams.
For Taylor, another student here at Aggies Elevated, it is no different.
Taylor recently began her first semester at Utah State University and has had to go through what other freshman have to go through and experience what other freshman experience; the deadlines, the readings, the roommate struggles and the fun.
“This is one of my dreams to come here,” Taylor said. “I love it here, it’s fun.”
Taylor said she loved high school but loves college and is learning to get to know new people including her seven roommates.
“I’ve never had a roommate before,” Taylor said. “But now I have seven and three with the name of Sarah.”
Taylor’s roommate Sarah R. said she enjoys having Taylor as one of her roommates and is helping her get involved with activities including Best Buddies, an international organization that pairs students with persons with disabilities.
“I really want her to have a great experience here,” Sarah R. said. “I really want her to be included.”
Taylor said she definitely feels a part of something in Aggies Elevated and encourages all students who are thinking of joining it to do so.
“You should look into this,” Taylor said. “I challenge you.”
Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion. Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence within an individualized framework of supports that identifies challenges, builds on individual strengths and encourages personal responsibility.