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9 Moments College Students With ADHD Know

Sometimes I like to reminisce about my college days. As in, I stop and think: “man, I’m glad that’s over with.”

College StudentWhen I think back on being a college student with ADHD, I think of certain moments that repeated themselves over and over during the course of my studies. I’m betting some of these moments will be familiar to other current or former college students with ADHD:

  • Sitting in class and snapping back to reality to realize that you have no idea what the professor has been talking about for the last twenty minutes and there’s no chance of getting back on track now
  • Reading a paragraph of your textbook to find that even though you read the words, you didn’t process anything you read. Then rereading the paragraph and doing the same thing again.
  • Watching people sit still studying for extended periods of time and wondering how they do that
  • Promising yourself that you’ll never again put off starting a final paper until the night before it’s due
  • Just sitting in front of schoolwork you should be doing feeling a total lack of motivation
  • Getting surprised looks when you show up to class on time
  • Realizing that you forgot to do part of your homework
  • Leaving class to go to the drinking fountain not because you’re thirsty but because you just can’t stand to sit there without moving around any longer
  • Receiving your final grades and being forced to confront that nagging feeling of underachievement

I’m sure there are other common moments college students with ADHD experience, but these are the first that came to mind. The point is that ADHD symptoms make themselves known in every part of school, from trying to focus during class to getting your homework done in an efficient way.

If you can think of some more “college student with ADHD” moments, or if any of these resonate, please comment below!

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9 Moments College Students With ADHD Know

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.

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Petersen, N. (2017). 9 Moments College Students With ADHD Know. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 6, 2019, from


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