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The College Scoops Podcast

Episode 146: Advocating For Your Healthcare Needs

November 1, 2022

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Being independent at college includes knowing how to advocate for your needs. Today’s guest, Gerene Kessler, shares her inspirational story of how her ability to advocate for herself paved the way for her success in college.

Key Takeaways:

  • Being differently wired is not a sign that you are not able to accomplish your goals, it means that you have to approach them in a different way
  • Parents, make sure your student knows how to advocate for themselves
  • Students – know your strengths and weaknesses and gather a support network to help you overcome any challenges you may have whether you are transitioning to college or a job 
  • Finding a mentor and/or advisor who understands your struggles will ensure not only your academic success at college but also help you to keep mentally strong.
  • Providing advisors, professors, or mentors with some background of how you learn along with any health concerns allows them to help you help yourself.
  • The environment at schools and the workforce are different. Regardless of where you are, make sure that there are places that are accepting of who you are and are able to accommodate your needs. 

Important Resources and Links:

Admissions Untangled

Meet Gerene Kessler

Gerene Kessler

Gerene Keesler, owns Admissions Untangled. She has three decades of college admissions experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Admissions Untangled is entirely virtual and bilingual in English/Spanish. Gerene is a member of NACAC, SACAC, and an associate member of IECA. Gerene can be found visiting colleges, planning her next cruise, or reading a book in her spare time. 

Thank you Gerene for being an inspiration to parents and students alike. Your tenacity and passion for learning with a serious medical condition show that self-advocating for yourself during college is essential. Managing a medical condition is not easy and it is important to make sure you have a support system in place during college to help you with any difficulties you may encounter. Advocate for yourself and ask for help.

Episode 146 Full Transcript

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