- Make your health your primary concern.
- Share information about your condition with school health officials and call or email your regular doctor if you have any concerns. Have him or her recommend a health care facility near your campus
- Ask at the office for students with disabilities whether the school has nap rooms, quiet areas or other places to rest on campus.
- Develop a good support system with roommates and classmates, as well as family and friends back home. Remember: you’re not in this alone.
- Ease into your college routine. Start with a light course load until you get used to the campus environment. Also consider mixing in-class coursework with online classes, which may offer you more flexibility.
- Do your best to make lifelong friendships and grow into a well-rounded young adult. It’s the best part of the college experience.
* Adapted from the Mary Dixon Lebeau article in the Summer 2006 issue of Lupus Now.