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Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and today I want to talk to you about going back to school. For me, I went back to school twice actually. Once before I sought out help from the VA and acquired some new strategies, some tools—you know just some better concepts that I could deal with my schoolwork. One time I went back to school after I had those strategies, and the difference was night and day. So I wanted to share a little bit about the frustrations I encountered. Recently coming off a brain injury in a deployment and then also simultaneously separating from the military was a real tumultuous time, very complicated. There are so many variables impacting your life negatively. The whole thing is up in flux. So I didn't have those strategies at the time, and I struggled through a few semesters of school. It was a real challenge. Then I went to the VA and had a real kind of changing experience. It really molded me in a different way. We started looking at different strategies—memory-retention strategies, using technology, voice recorders, electronic calendars to kind of keep track of my day, my assignments, my reading assignments, my homework. So going back to school after I went to the VA and sought some treatment was actually a phenomenally different experience. The courses, although they didn't change in complexity or difficulty, were more feasible because I was using and implementing those strategies that I had learned, and so finally I kept myself on track using the calendar. I would understand and make notes and tab off what I was reading in the textbook or what I was reading for different literature pieces. I encourage you guys to check it out, try some different things, see what works for you, but most importantly step up, get the help you need, and then take a chance. You might be surprised. Thanks.

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Adam shares his experience of returning to school twice, the second time equipped with strategies and tools to help with his brain injury. "The experiences were night and day," he says.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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