“Coming to UD hit me like a ton of bricks.  I’d done well in high school but I just wasn’t prepared for the way college works, how much reading some professors assign, or the fancy language some people use. When I ended up on probation, I felt like a failure, like I didn’t belong. After a while, I realized that probation didn’t define me as a person or limit my potential as a student.  Yes, I struggled, but it wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work. I needed to learn how to do college. It took some time, but I made an effort to take advantage of as many resources as I could. I met with my advisor, went to drop-in tutoring every week at the Center for Academic Enrichment, and started spending more time at the library. Now, I’m on track to graduate and I know that I deserve to be here just as much as anyone else.”

  Junior, College of Arts & Sciences