College is a chance to fly from the nest, no ropes attached, no net underneath. The choices are intoxicating, but the challenges can overwhelm. Greater freedom, less structure, and huge time demands can pull you in all directions. You must develop new social networks and build routines from scratch.
In class, you have to understand and organize mountains of information, and find a way to remember it all for the final exam. If you run into trouble, you must be your own advocate. There’s no plan in place to steer you through. Yet each year proud students with ADHD and learning disabilities flip the tassels on their mortarboards before tossing them skyward.
Part of the secret to college success is knowing exactly what you want to accomplish — today, tomorrow, this month, this semester, this year. With a clear idea of where you want to go — and strategies to give you a good start — the sky truly is the limit.
This article comes from the August-September 2005 Issue of ADDitude.