I was an academic disaster with my ADHD brain. “High School Valedictorian” was touted on my college resume. So why was there a problem now that I am in college? That problem – came to be my inability to do basic scholarly tasks such as reading and retaining information.
My ADHD Brain
To be crystal clear, when I began my college career, I thought I could read, write and study. Then my brain changed between graduation day and freshman orientation on how to process information.
What did not change was my faith in God. He became the glue that kept my brain together, preventing most of the important information from pouring out of my ears.
Because of my experiences, I wanted to share my knowledge with ADHD college students and anybody else who may benefit. I will give you three different truths that could help you with your academic studies and ways I drew closer to God.
Truths from My ADHD Brain
Truth Number 1: College is not just one big party.
The truth is, there were multiple projects, reports, papers, quizzes, reading and daily work to supervise. This called for faith, responsibility as well as organization.
Due to my disorganization, my ADHD brain had difficulty living under the pressure of completing all of the work on time. Managing all the seconds, minutes and hours in the day felt as if I was trying to maintain 99 plates spinning in the air.
My ADHD Brain
Truth Number 2: My ADHD brain learned differently.
I do not remember studying for anything while in college. As each semester moved on with nothing lower than a D, I realized the lecture circuit was the going trend among the professors. When all the mortarboards with their tassels had been returned to their owners, I realized lecturing alone had not prepared me for the real world like I was promised. It was the science labs, teaching practicums, field trips into the woods to study trees that helped to connect me to teaching science.
My ADHD Brain
I wonder what would have happened to me in college if my learning problem was discovered. You know, an advisor to help me with my studies? Was it pride on my part that I didn’t go for help? What I do know is my Heavenly Father helped to fill in the learning gaps where others had failed me.
Truth Number 3: If my ADHD brain was not engaged, I had greater difficulty learning the material and completing course assignments.
Many of my friends would not show up to class the next day or they would fall asleep in class. Oh, the reasons were pretty good: they may have stayed out late with the girls, football practice, a pledge meeting with their Greek friends or watched a movie.
I didn’t need an excuse like a frat party for my front-row dreaming. I could have slept 12 hours the night before. But since Professor Green only uses lectures for his classes, I would fall asleep on the second row in the middle of Geology 101 every time.
Don’t tell me it was because I hated being in that class or the mere subject. No, actually I loved the material and the labs were even more stimulating. I even thought about changing my major to geology. My problem was I had a professor who mumbled, read ALL his notes and barely looked up at the class, Here’s the kicker, he took attendance for pay-back.
I think God gave me the bad experiences to appreciate the good. Plus these examples were etched on my brain to the point I did not want to grow up and be like one of those characters.
Here you have three nuggets of truth coming from my ADHD brain and how my learning was affected by my surroundings.
I believe knowing this insider information will help college professors in their preparations to teach and reach the young men and women walking on their campuses. A college student’s road to achieving a degree should not be so bleak whether they have ADHD or not.
Call to Action
What are you going to do with this information? I suggest beginning at the websites I have listed below.
Does this sound like you, your friend, your son or daughter? Please urge them to make an appointment today!
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I encourage you to think about this information when you shop for (any grade level of) schools. This doesn’t only relate to ADHD but to anybody who has challenges driving through the highway of post-secondary education.