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Equal Opportunities » Blogging AS an Aspie
Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is writing this blog so that people can gain more of an insight into how people with the condition process thoughts, feel emotions, react to situations and generally handle life.

10 Apr 08 Equal Opportunities

I used to wonder quite often why I always appeared to be short of money. At present, my bank balance is higher in negative figures than it has been in positive for quite some time. And I’ll admit, some of this is due to my £40.00 per lesson driving habit!

The rest of my lack of fortune is due to one thing and one thing alone: being in the pre-application period for universities. That means I’m a year 12 equivalent student, aiming to enter university for higher education in 2009. You may wonder how that can cost money, its not like I have to buy any books or course materials, or even travel to an interview.

It’s really easy to see mounting costs – Open Days for me are in June/July 2008, and that means I need to travel to them (via train; £200.00 approx) and stay overnight (hotels; £300.00 approx.) because they are far away from where I live. I know I’m making it easier for myself by basing myself at my Gran’s house, which is closer to the 7 universities that I’m considering; I don’t wish to imagine the extra cost if I were based in Sunderland instead! Of course, I have yet to add on the costs of food (breakfast, lunch, evening meal, snacks – for 7 days away from either Halls or my Gran’s; £150.00 approx.), and transport around the university campus & local city (bus or taxi; £50.00 approx.). Then add another £50.00 emergency fund in case anything goes wrong, or I’ve under-budgeted. Total cost to visit 7 universities, spending 7 days / 6 nights away = £750.00, not bad.

Let us not forget test fees. Test fees specific to applying to study medicine at university; specifically the UKCAT at £60.00 and the BMAT at £31.00, charming. I’m sure I remember seeing a lot about how not being well off financially should not be a barrier to studying medicine, or indeed any degree, but my impression is that needing £91.00 just to do the exams needed to apply is that you need to have some finances built up.

I don’t look forward to my application year, having to go to interviews, buy a good quality suit, and attend visit days, and so on.

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