Reply To: I want to go to college but everybody is telling me I'm not ready

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Lys
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Yes, it is possible to do just fine in college with ADHD, my husband and I managed it (and did advanced degrees too). Will you manage astonishingly well? Maybe not, but plenty of people without ADHD don’t do so well either, because college is hard. It sounds to me like your family has problems of their own and are not able to solve yours right this moment, so your way to prove that you are ready is to move forward and attempt to solve them yourself. You have enough money for a semester, so that would give you some time to adjust. Make the preparations to go to college (accept etc.). Contact the financial aid office at the college for options, and ask how you can research if there any scholarships for people in your situation. If you have a formal ADHD diagnosis, contact the service for people with disabilities on campus and see what accommodations you have access to. Prepare to find a job the following summer, and check if the university facilitates a paid internship program (this is how I finished my Bachelor’s degree, by taking 16 months off to work in one of these programs, and I started college with $3000 in my pocket after the first semester fees). Contact other people that are starting or continuing their college journey and ask them what you should know. It’s particularly important for ADHD people to do things they are strongly motivated to do — that’s the only way they can learn, the only way the spirit is satisfied. And if you struggle and not succeed with college, you will still have learned a lot in the process to help you succeed at life.