Hi! My name is Carolina and I am 22 years old. I am a patient of partial seizures and I am currently under Depakote. These episodes occur two(2) or three(3) times a year, to to the most. Even though the seizures are now taking place on a less frequent basis, in comparison to when I was a small girl, this is still the frustrating part. It is due to those small number of seconds for two or three times a year that I cannot be independent, work for my dreams and still live with my family.To start with, I am already a senior at the University of Miami and I am currently studying International Relations and Economics. With respect to my progress in academics I would have to evaluate it as "O.K." due to the fact that I,myself, am a high-demanding person in my achievements. Sometimes for people like me, with epileptic seizures, an overwhelming amount of assignments and personal ambitions is not recommendable, in my opinion. I have tried to do my basic tasks (basic readings, practice problems, etc.) and next, I have also tried to do the extra readings and research simply for personal satisfaction. However, it is too much for a person with epilepsy as far as I have experienced it. In the first place, it adds a greater amount of stress to my daily life. Next, sleep deprivation is more common throughout the semester. Thus, seizures are more likely to occur. Above all, I live with my parents and my brother (this is the way I have been raised, and I have to admit I like it somehow) and I cannot drive AT ALL. Even though my dad is willing to take me and pick me up whenever is necessary, I want to take this chance to express that it is really frustrating and it makes me very uncomfortable and depressed to watch others go the uniersity with their cars while I still have to depend on another's will. Moreover, keep in mind, my dad is not my chofer and so I have to adjust to his time schedule, which varies somewhat from week to week. Overall, the worst part of this sort of arrangement is that I always need to consult with my mom, dad or brother to see if they can get me where I need or wish to go causing them the least problems possible in their daily lives. I mean, I have high ambitions to move up in my career for example. However, in order for this to be done I need to move, pick up my keys and get my homework done. Time is too precious. If I could, I would not mind taking more all-nighters in order to complete my basic and extra assignments. Though, since I cannot do this, does this mean that high ambitions is bad for me?Last of all, at the time of going out with friends, a car, again is indispensable and I live about 20 or 30 minutes max. away from the university.I believe, next year, hopefully when I choose to go to grad school I might have to choose a school in BOSTON or some other one of the FEW cities in the U.S. where you don't need a car because public transportation is reliable and an efficient means to go from place to place.Otherwise, I just hope medical science finds a cure to this condition.Take care,wish you all the best of luck!Carolina ParedesIs there anybody who understands what I am going through at this moment? Thanks for your reply.