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5 Tips for a Successful School Year

For the ones going to college for the first time or just returning, here are 5 tips on how to have a successful school year.

1. Are you registered with your school’s disability office for the 504 plan? If not get on that now! For first time freshmen you’ll need to get paperwork from your doctor in order to register. If you’re returning all you should have to do is email or call the disability office.
2. Do your assignments way in advance if possible. If you get sick around time a big assignment is due, it’ll help take the stress away about trying to complete it while ill or having to make it up later.
3. Communicate with your professors! Whenever you’re going to miss class because of health related things, email them.
4. Tell your dorm director and roommate as soon as you move in that you have sickle cell. If you aren’t allowed to have mini refrigerators in your room, a doctor’s note to your director will allow you to do so. If you have certain protocol you like to follow whenever you have a crisis, inform your roommate so they can help if willing to.
5. Have fun! Don’t be afraid to be a college student! Study hard and party if you like to. Don’t be afraid to live your life because of sickle cell. Just be smart when you do go out. If you do plan to drink (for my 21+ warriors) hydrate all day and don’t go over your limit.