Anes – Making the move to RNC

Anes is standing, smiling at the camera. In the background there are the halls of residence.

My name is Anes Saleh and I am 20 years old and from Birmingham. I started at RNC in September 2016, I am currently studying A Level German, BTEC level 3 Business and GCSE English. I have also recently joined the Sports Academy where I will be doing a bit of B1 football.

My background

I was born in Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old and I moved to the UK in 2008. I have always been in specialist education for as far as I can remember, apart from nursery.

Moving to the UK was interesting. The first time we came to the UK, we put all the suitcases into the boot of the car that my dad bought the day before. It took us around 8-10 hours to get to our destination in Birmingham. I thought that moving would be hard because it was a different country where they spoke a different language and I couldn’t speak a word of it apart from ‘yes’ and ‘no’. But thankfully, I am good with languages, so learning another one wasn’t as hard as I thought.

When we moved to the UK, I started in year 7. The school I started at was Priestley Smith Specialist School and I spent the first 7 years within the UK at that school.


Eye Condition

I have two eye conditions. One of them is called Leber Congenital Amaurosis which is an eye disorder that primarily affects the retina, which is the specialised tissue at the back of the eye that detects light and colour. People with this disorder typically have severe visual impairment beginning in infancy.

The other one is Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) which is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. This inherited disease causes a slow loss of vision, beginning with decreased night vision and loss of peripheral (side) vision, eventually, resulting in blindness.


Why I came to RNC

I came to RNC because they offered the courses I was interested in and because I needed to become more independent. When I first came to RNC, I thought that I would struggle because my independence level wasn’t very high. However, after the first ILS (Independent Living Skills) session I felt much more confident about living independently.

The difference between RNC and my other school is that, firstly, RNC is a residential college, whereas my previous school was a day school. Another difference between them is that the programme everyone does is tailored to them, whereas at my other school, we all had a similar programme apart from where we had the option to do art or modern foreign language, or, business studies or food technology.


How I find living in halls

I find that living in halls is generally very good. My independence skyrocketed since living in Orchard (Hall). As with everything in life, there are great things and not so great things with regards to living in halls. I like how close I live to the main building. This means that I can wake up 15 minutes before my lesson and still make it on time (not that I do that)! Another great thing is that my friends live on the same corridor or the same building as me, so if I get bored, I can just go and chill with my mates. However, sharing a kitchen with 8 other people can get irritating sometimes, especially if they don’t clean up after they have used the kitchen!

I feel like I have changed quite a lot as a person since starting at RNC. I never thought I could butter toast when I first started in September. Half-way through the year and I am 2 meals away from finishing my assessments to be able to self-cater!


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