Building Confidence.

Building Confidence.

Victoria Séman, Senior

Liberal and Professional Studies – Individualized

Senior Victoria Séman thought that her learning differences might slow down her academic progress and keep her from graduating from college at the same time as her friends from home.

“I’ve always known myself to be a smart person. I like learning. It’s fun, but with my learning differences it’s harder for me than some, and that worried me. I didn’t want to graduate a year later. I wanted to graduate in 2020 just like my friends from home!”

Thanks to the support she received and strategies she learned as a student at Thames at Mitchell and at Mitchell College, Victoria is on track to achieve her goal.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do that without Thames and without Mitchell. The transition between the two was pretty seamless. I was able to take Mitchell classes for credit while at Thames, plus take classes for credit during MiniMesters, so I am able to graduate in 2020. But I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t go to Thames. It’s a huge boost in confidence. It’s an amazing feeling to have the people around you to help you reach that goal.”

The sought-after Thames program on the Mitchell College campus supports the transition to college for students with learning differences. While at Thames, students benefit from deep individualized academic and social support, the opportunity to earn up to 15 credits over two semesters, and full-access to campus activities and the residence life experience.

“My advisors at Thames helped teach me time management skills. They taught me that I could get my work done and hang out with friends. That feeling was very new, very foreign to me, and at first I was worried that it was all going to come collapsing down, but, no, it just continued at Mitchell.”

Another skill Victoria began to hone was self-advocacy.

“Instead of just saying, ‘It’s fine. I’ll get that done later. I don’t understand. I’ll figure it out later,’ I learned to really speak up and say, ‘Hey, I don’t get this,’ or go to the teacher and have the open conversation with them about not understanding something.”

Feeling secure in knowing how to navigate college life, Victoria pursued other interests at Mitchell.

 “I’ve always had an interest in musical theater. In high school I did it for two years, but because I didn’t have the academic support I needed, I wasn’t doing so well in school, so I couldn’t continue. Because I have gotten the support here, I am able to do what I love.”

She participated in Mitchell musical productions including Godspell, Legally Blonde, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [postponed]. She also auditioned for and was chosen to join the Mitchell College Select Chorus.

Victoria hopes to work in occupational or recreational therapy after graduation.

“To achieve my goal here of having everything good and in order with myself makes it easier to want to help others find ways to be the best that they can be.”

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"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.

 

If you are looking for a college that: 

 

  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

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  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities

 

 

 

…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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