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A Message For Students

First Day of College! …  Ready?

So, you’ve negotiated the hardships (and maybe embraced the “gifts”) of ADHD and look to graduate high school in the near future. It’s pretty common about now to get lulled into thinking success in high school predicts success in college; it doesn’t.  But if college is your next step, you have plenty of time to ready yourself for success, especially if you start now.

Even though you may be eagerly anticipating that great on-your-own adventure known as “college,” at some level, you might have a tiny voice pushing a few questions into your conscious thoughts, such as, “Am I ready? Will I do well? What do I need to focus on to be successful? What kind of help might need? From whom? What might go wrong?”

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A Message For Parents

This article begins a series which addresses the question “Is my student ready for college?” We begin by introducing some of the approaches, methods, and tools available for determining college readiness for students with ADHD.

As a parent or a clinician, wouldn’t it be great if you could give your graduating high school senior an assessment or short test that would tell whether she is ready for college? What would such a test examine?

Like many things in life, ascertaining readiness for college is more complicated, not something revealed by a single short assessment. How can you realistically predict how your child will respond to a myriad of variables in a new context, especially when she is developing and becoming at a faster rate than at any other time in her life, in a world that is rapidly changing as well? Fortunately, there are ways to get at some of this information.

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Belief Change

Ben125Changing Academic Self-Image: How I Went From "College Isn't For Me" to College Success

By: Ben Norton

"College isn't for me." During high school many experiences helped form this belief. Guidance counselors had said, "Maybe you should just learn a trade". Teachers frequently told me, "If you don't work harder you won't make it". Throughout this time, I felt I simply couldn't keep up with my peers academically.

By graduation this belief had become so strong that I assumed no matter how hard I tried at college I would fail. Much to my chagrin and that of my parents, that's exactly what happened. I attended Northern Virginia Community College right after high school because it was "the thing to do". I had no ideas about my career path, what I wanted to study, or when these studies would end. I floundered about without direction and lacked the confidence that I could succeed academically. I wound up on academic probation after my first semester and left college at the end of the second semester.

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Beginning the Journey

Portrait of Jon 100 pixelsBeginning the Journey Into Adulthood With ADHD: What's at Risk and Why? 

By:  Dr. Jon Thomas, LPC

"My son went away to college and failed the first semester. He doesn't want to even try community college now."

"Our daughter graduated college over a year ago and hasn't found a "real job." She's been working at a coffee shop for the past six months."

"Today our son moved back in with us. It seems he has simply given up on finding a career."

"Our kid is basically struggling through the last year of high school. Should college even be an option?"

What Happened?

While we paused to blink our eyes, the world became more complex, digital, and instantaneous. Colleges became more competitive and expensive. Students encounter more distractions, obstacles, deficits, addictions, and assorted sidetracks to success than at any time in history.

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