College is an exciting, intimidating, and emotionally charged event. College opens the door to new opportunities and offers personal development, growth, and independence. Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult for anyone, however, when you have hydrocephalus extra challenges are thrown into the mix. In addition to adjusting to the regular aspects of college life, you also need to learn how to manage your condition. We believe with proper management and by creating a plan you can still go on to have a successful, fun-filled college experience.
What You Need to Know
Preparing for College
Are you preparing for college? Learn about the important issues to consider including, the location of the college, special services offered, and being well-informed about your medical information and equipped with documents. Once you are at college, new issues arise: becoming familiar with the student health center, deciding who to tell about your hydrocephalus, communicating with your parents and peers, headaches, alcohol, and of course academics.
HA's Scholarship Program
The Hydrocephalus Association’s Scholarship Program was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to capable and promising young adults who live with the ongoing challenges and complexities of hydrocephalus. We are proud to offer a total of eleven scholarships annually in the amount of $1000 each. However, the number of awarded scholarships may vary each year depending on available funding.
Preparing for the Transition to College
In this installment of our video blog series, Through a Mother’s Eye’s, Debby Buffa addresses the difficulty parents and caregivers face when sending a loved one with hydrocephalus off to college and how to plan and prepare for this transition.
Balancing Work, School, and Hydrocephalus
Carly has dealt with multiple shunt malfunctions in her life. In this blog, she shares the important takeaways about what it means to balance parts of your life along with hydrocephalus.
Surviving College with the Ups and Downs of Hydrocephalus
College is an exciting time but can be challenging when you're living with hydrocephalus. Here are some tips to survive college while managing the ups and downs of hydrocephalus.
Google Calendar, My Best Friend
What is the best app you've found? Lauren, a college student, shares how google calendar helps her keep track of the tasks she needs to do throughout the day.
Practical Tips and Tools for Dealing with Memory and Executive Function Challenges
Common routines can be uncommonly difficult for individuals faced with memory and executive function challenges. This video explores what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction” and how executive functions are essential in day-to-day functioning. You'll learn practical tips and tools to support individuals living with these challenges to help increase their level of independence.
HydroAssist™ is the first mobile app that allows you to record and store your hydrocephalus treatment history and access it when you need it from your mobile device or through you computer or laptop.
Medical Alert IDs and Hydrocephalus
Without proper identification of a medical condition like hydrocephalus, common symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, and vomiting can be misdiagnosed and appropriate care could be jeopardized or delayed.