Jenna always did well in high school, earning almost all As in spite of her significant math learning difference. She sometimes struggled with anxiety and depression, but kept it under control and avoided asking for outside help. She was thrilled when she was accepted at her first choice UC school. When she arrived for the first quarter of classes, she signed up for a full course load.
During her first week on campus, she decided to rush a sorority and that began to occupy her time - along with her new boyfriend. Right away, her grades began to suffer, especially in her math class, where she was unaccustomed to being taught by a TA. She became more and more anxious but thought she could handle it on her own. She didn't ask for the accommodations she could have been granted through the on-campus DSPS office, nor did she attend regular free math tutoring and study sessions. She didn't tell her mother about her difficulties and by the end of the first quarter failed two of her four classes, math and history. She failed her math class because she couldn't perform on the tests as a result of her learning difference, and she failed her history class because she'd missed so many classes in order to complete her math assignments. She thought her financial aid package would be compromised. She felt so disappointed in herself.
Jenna began working with Rebecca Field Consulting and enrolled during her second quarter in a reduced course load. She did this only after making sure that she could maintain her financial aid package. She retook the math class, and chose two other classes within her intended major. Before classes began and with the help of Rebecca Field Consulting, she set up her math accommodations, found a tutor through the DSPS office on campus, and developed the habit of doing homework in the library rather than in her room. By the end of the quarter, Jenna earned an A.B and a C (in the math class - a huge triumph). Though she hadn't yet earned the straight As she had in high school, she was thrilled with her progress and will continue working with Rebecca Field Consulting to further develop her time management and self-advocacy skills. She is also excited about setting realistic and achievable long and short term goals.