Read About a Student Experience

Luca

Luca

  • Academic Year: Junior
  • Major: American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Campus involvement: Dance
  • Disability: Mental Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Accommodations: Access to a single room, Extensions on coursework
Impact of their disability on their college experience:

Luca struggled the first two years at Tufts to balance their health need with their academic demands. As a result Luca took a year off of school to figure out what they needed. When they came back they sought help and support from SAS, their Academic Dean and the Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Support services they sought:

I think that mental illness can go under the radar and not be seen as a disability, but working with SAS takes that burden off of me by helping me get everyone on the same page, so now it is less reactionary and much more prevention. I haven’t needed the extra time, but just knowing I can get it if I need it helps.

Advice for students with disabilities:

It is really easy to fall into the trap of comparing places or determining where you are at based on where others are at. Especially if you have any type of disability it is important to do the things that mark your own victories and strengths and not get lost in where other people are. By asking for what I need, I have gotten it and I am successful.