I want other people to know that young men with Down Syndrome are just like other guys. We have the same kind of hopes and dreams.
I am really excited to be going to college. I can’t wait to be a college student. I was so happy when I got my acceptance letter saying I was going to be part of the class of 2018. I am really excited to one day be able to say I graduated from The College of New Jersey just like my mom.
I will live in an off-campus house with two other students and a house mentor in the Career and Community Studies program. My house is one block from college, so I will walk to class each day. I met my two roommates the other week. They were both really nice. My one roommate likes music and plays the piano. My other roommate was a basketball manager for his high school team just like me. I think we will all get along because we have a lot in common.
I am looking forward to making new friends, getting to meet the players on the basketball team and maybe even helping the team as a manager. I can’t wait to go to the college football and basketball games and attend the college concerts and other activities.
I am least excited about leaving my family. I will miss my family, friends and relatives, but I know I can talk to them or Skype them if I really miss them.
Even though I have Down Syndrome I never really felt different than other people. I have a lot of friends and know a lot of people. People are always nice to meet and treat me the same as everyone else. I think that learning things is sometimes hard for me. I work really hard and have to study a lot to learn and remember new things. But because I work hard I do learn a lot of new things.
A lot of people have been supportive and helpful to me. My teachers, coaches and Boy Scouts have all helped me prepare for college. My Mom and Dad have been the most supportive of me and have always tried to help me do my best. My parents have tried to teach me the things I will need to know to be successful in college like cooking food, making my bed, cleaning my room and doing my laundry.
I want other people to know that young men with Down Syndrome are just like other guys. We have the same kind of hopes and dreams. We want to go to college, get a great education and get a good job. We want to have lots of friends to hang out with, we want to have girlfriends, get engaged and maybe even someday get married.
I would tell other young men to always just be yourself. Be a good friend because friendships are important and always be kind to others. Try to do your best and practice what you don’t know so you can get better at it. Nothing is impossible, and you should always try to make your dreams come true.