What is your name, where are you from, and what college are you attending?
My name is Madison Peavey. I am from Leawood, Kansas. I just graduated from University of Kansas Transition to Postsecondary Education (TPE) and I studied Early Childhood Education.
What classes did you take, and which was your favorite?
One of my favorite classes was HSES Health & Wellness class. It was cool to learn about health and wellness. Another class I liked a lot was University 101; I got to learn about University of Kansas. It's a class that is strongly recommended for all freshman.
I also took ASL1 and ASL2 class. ASL1 was pretty easy for me. Our professor would post a Zoom video on Blackboard, and then I used an app to practice with classmates.
In this semester that just ended, I took a children's literature class.
I learned a lot about children's literature, and it went along with my major.
Do you want to share anything about the switch to distance learning in the middle of your last semester of college?
It was a pretty smooth transition for me. Everyone has to make a person-centered planning PowerPoint that summarizes academic, social, and career [goals]. It was my final presentation that I did for my parents and Dana and everyone at TPE. There were times that I had so much to do and I got so stressed out. It was overwhelming. I got to meet with academic coaches, who are also students with TPE and that helped. We had to meet on Zoom. I did it myself with help from my mom.
What did you do to keep busy during the quarantine?
It took a lot of time getting ready for finals week, studying for my finals. My older brother came to visit from Texas, so I got to spend some time with him. I took some walks to a friend's house.
What positive effects did college have on your life?
I feel like I have become a lot more confident than when I first started at KU. I took some classes at a Johnson County Community College then I transitioned to KU TPE and making the transition from living at home to living in the dorm with a roommate, it was a little hard. It took me a couple of weeks to get used to that because I never lived away from home before. It was nice, I had my younger sister and a cousin to help me out if I had questions about campus or needed other help. I got so much love and support from my family and friends and relatives. They all believed in me.
What do you hope to do, now that you've graduated from KU?
I do want to do something with kids for sure, like a helper in a preschool or a day care, like with 3-6 year olds. I have already had some experience in that area. I had an internship at Language Acquisition Preschool (LAP). I worked with the head teachers and I helped them set out snack with the kids, I helped them with arts & crafts. I also did a couple of book readings for them. That was a really enjoyable experience for me.
What advice do you have for students with disabilities who want to go to college, and their families?
I would probably say that if you could go through 2-4 years of college at a certain program, to make as many memories as you possibly can. I made memories that I will have forever. Find something that really interests you and find classes or find a job or internship or a club that you think would be a fun thing to do. Have as much fun as you can.
What's a highlight from your time at KU TPE?
I lived in GSP [a dorm]. During that time, I got nominated for and received the Kenneth L. Stoner award for resident of the year for GSP. That award was for always having a positive attitude, being present and engaging, and connecting with everyone on my floor.