Take pride in where you study – advice for students based in the US
Digging deep into Futurum’s memory, we can remember the excitement and anticipation of applying to university. You think of your course, the new town or city you’ll be exploring, the new friends you’ll enjoy making, the student accommodation you’ll be living in, the pre-course books you’ll be reading… It’s the start of a wonderful life-changing transition.
At best, your mind is whirling with myriad thoughts about everything you’re looking forward to, but, at worst, you might be stressed and anxious about the decisions you need to make. Everyone needs a little guidance.
Study.com knows this, and appreciates how LGBTQ+ students, in particular, might have questions about college and university that are hard to find answers to. With this mind, the online education information provider has produced comprehensive college and scholarship guides for LGBTQ+ students based in the US. However, the aim of their guides is not merely to help students avoid stress – Study.com focuses on the success that LGBTQ+ students should strive for.
So, what type of information does Study.com provide?
- Colleges with LGBTQ+ centres: If your chosen college has a designated centre, that’s the first sign that the LGBTQ+ community is acknowledged and valued on campus.
- How to evaluate a college: The guide provides some useful suggestions of what to look out for. It cites designated LGBTQ+ support services as key. On top of this though, it suggests it’s worth knowing if the academic programme includes LGBTQ+ perspectives.
- How to evaluate the city/town: The guide also suggests finding out if the town has elected officials who are openly gay, and specific non-discrimination laws.
From a simple meeting point that provides tea and coffee to crisis support, LGBTQ+ provision varies. Luckily, Study.com answers many questions students will be asking. From housing to public toilets, the guide covers a lot of detail.
Study.com emphasises that thinking about how LGBTQ+ friendly a university is does not mean that any young person should see their sexual or gender identity as a barrier to a fulfilling university experience. The guide also gives tips on starting your own LGBTQ+ student organisation – advice includes sharing responsibilities with others and having fun!
In addition to the college guide, Study.com has produced a guide to scholarships available to LGBTQ+ students. The emphasis here is on the financial support that young people need to thrive. Included is a list of states that have laws that explicitly protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.
Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, with the right information, you’ll be able to choose the right establishment for you.
Wherever you are in the world, happy Pride month everyone!