All I want in life is to be happy. Finding happiness in education is a great thing for
me and I love to learn new things. I will never forget 8 years ago in my first
semester at University, I enjoyed studying the module Knowledge, Power and Society.
However, such enjoyment was unfounded, by reflecting upon the completion of a
series of processes during the semester, such as 7 books to read, difficult
assignments and a very long exam. OH! What an exam.!!! Furthermore, feelings
of anxiety, worry, pressure, stress and anger manifested into sleeplessness, loose-
bowels in the toilet, and a rundown immune system which was then
compounded, by getting lost in the depths of autism. So, the best way to sum up
the semester is to recite a poem to you titled:
My First Semester At University
University is a pain,
it’s the thing that stretched my brain.
Fear had me from the start,
then Uni touched me in the heart.
The first paper was just a pass,
I felt I had fallen from a mast.
Then came the big HD,
but it was the eleven hour exam that nearly buggered me.
We were given three days to complete the thing,
but what troubles it did bring,
I thought it could be done in a day,
but really that was not the way.
The day we did the exam was not too bad,
but then the next day we were mad.
My support worker was staring into space,
while I was in another place.
I pushed myself to finish the thing,
I felt like a bird with a broken wing.
It almost destroyed my brain,
and I considered not going to Uni again.
Reflecting back on my Uni life,
I see the struggle that I thought was strife,
the struggle of learning and using my mind,
helps me leave autism behind.
By Glen C Sheppard.