MM, at the age of 13 is going to college



Last week, MM aged 13 told me that she was going to university this September. Life is filled with fun, wonder and challenge. It somehow feels like walking through a maze.

I wish everything going well for her. I know that there will be a lot of things to learn beyond lectures or classes. In addition to academic challenge, there will be social demands in college setting. It involves so many things including but not limit to, reading hidden social social rules, initiating and maintaining social communication, loneliness, help seeking skills, using learning supports, reaching out for assistance, interaction with faculty, negotiation skills, work-life balance, self care and self management under academic stress, learning independent living skills, diet and health habits and a lot more.

I know that she is going to make it at the end. Most importantly, I hope that the university will provide thoughtful and…

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