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Transition Stories

The stories included here in the Transition Resource Guide are from students, parents, and post-secondary staff from across Ontario.  Their messages are shared to let you know that you are not alone in this journey. There are a lot of people out there who have been through this process before and want to pass on their tips, advice, and encouragement with you, and share a little bit from their own experiences in transition.

Do you have a Transition Story you’d like to share? Send it to us through our Contact page.


Aaron, College and University graduate

I first chose college because I knew it would be more of a hands-on learning environment, which is how I learn best. I also chose College because of the smaller classroom sizes, and the ability to get to know my professors.  I later decided to attend university, because I always wanted more 

Ben Sadlowski

Ben, University Graduate

“For me deciding what I wanted to do for a living was pretty easy. I was good at programming and I had a love for video games. When it came to post secondary school though, that was a little more challenging. It was a toss up between a college that was more hands-on and focused, or a university that would give me a more well-rounded education.

Candice Daiken

Candice, University Graduate

“As a student with a learning disability, each year I registered with my school’s accessibility services and I met with a Learning Disabilities Strategist to discuss my goals, academic concerns and accommodations. She worked with me to help me receive the accommodations that were suggested from my updated psychoeducational assessment. I 


Celeste, University student

"I am part of a small program where there are less than fifty students. I am the only one with academic accommodations, and due to the class size, I was worried at first how my classmates and friends would react when they noticed I wrote tests separately from them and received extended deadlines. The conversation wasn’t the disaster I thought it would be, though.

Chelsea Williams

Chelsea, University student

"When I first got to University I was definitely nervous about what was up ahead. The same type of fears from High school: what if I get lost/ what if I don't make any friends, etc. But the second I moved into residence I was greeted with a huge amount of excitement from everyone around me. What really surprised me was how much support everyone gave to each other.

Dayna, University Graduate

Dayna, University Graduate

When I transitioned from high school to university, I focused on whether or not my roommates and I would get along. I should have focused on whether or not I was ready to handle the academic changes. Spoiler Alert! I was definitely not ready for those changes.

Devin Cleary

Devin, University graduate

“When I began researching potential universities, I took special interest in the Accessibility Services Office and the Fiancial Services Office on each campus and what they had to offer for students.

Emma Hawley-Yan

Emma, University student

As I was preparing for my first year of university, I decided that I was going to live off-campus. University residences were much more expensive and I thought that living off-campus would be a good way to save money.

Heather Parker

Heather, Library staff

My job is to help students with disabilities use the library services by making sure our services are designed to serve the needs of our diverse student body. The library is essential to student success, and so we work hard to ensure that our physical and online environments are easy to navigate.

Jeremy Gooden

Jeremy, University student

"Going into university, I put a lot of emphasis on the academic transition. However, I found the adjustment to university life quite challenging to balance academics with physical health, mental health, and social involvement. Once I acknowledged this, I sought help from various on-campus resources and actively worked on these areas.

Kim, parent

"Last year when my son, Jordan, was applying to post-secondary institutions, the Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities was invaluable.  Jordan was entering post-secondary with a medical disability and we were in the process of getting him assessed for other learning issues.

Patrick, Special Education Department Head

The Transition Resource Guide is my go to for high school students and parents asking questions about how to access accommodations in post-secondary.  It’s informative, comprehensive and very easy to navigate.