to ask yourself:
Is education a priority for me? Is there anything else that needs
to be a higher priority for me right now?
Am I clear about what I want to study?
Is my mental health stable enough to allow me to concentrate on
What was my previous experience with school? Do I have any issues
I need to resolve from that experience?
Do I have a clear and realistic idea about the demands of academic
life, such as registering for classes, navigating a campus, taking
notes, reading and writing assignments, or taking exams?
What are my physical, intellectual, and emotional needs and limitations
in dealing with those demands?
Do I have the persistence and confidence to face frustrations, get
the information I need from school administrators, and advocate
for myself if necessary? If not, can I get a support person to help
me? Who will my support person be?
Am I able to keep good records of applications, forms, and other
Can I stick to my educational goals for at least one semester?
If my situation changes, will I be able to reassess and adjust my
* questions based on material developed by Steve
Fishbein of the New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Hospitals:©
1997, 1998 Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University