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Academic advice for students on the spectrum

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October 5, 2023

First-year PLU student Bethany Vigil ’27 recently received’s scholarship for students on the autism spectrum. Bethany will major in biology, minoring in psychology, and hopes to attend medical school after graduating from PLU. We asked what academic advice Bethany would give to younger teens who are also on the spectrum:

“Don’t study and act as though you’re neurotypical, which sounds really weird to say, but if you’re on the spectrum, your mind is wired differently. You think differently. You view the world differently. You do everything differently. It impacts all aspects of your life, so you shouldn’t be expected to study as though you’re just like everyone else. Whether you have to get up and do stuff, study with other people, be by yourself. No matter what you have to do, do it even if it seems odd to others because you’re not the same as everyone else, so why should you force yourself to be the same as everyone else?”

-Bethany Vigil ’27

Neurodiversity at PLU

Last year, PLU had a new club emerge on campus: the Student Neurodiversity Club. The Student Neurodiversity Club is a community for those on campus who are neurodivergent. Before the only space on campus was the Office of Accessibility and Accommodation, so students created the club as another place to talk about their struggles and experiences going through college and life.